Some of the things you hear out of spring practice are reassuring — the defense is looking sharp, Isaiah Crowell seems more mature.
And then there are the spring experiments, which are more of a mixed bag.
I don’t think there was much doubt going in that Malcolm Mitchell can help the defense at cornerback, and the word this week that Richard Samuel is indeed cross-training at fullback makes sense. It’s a position where Georgia doesn’t have enough depth, while there are more than enough tailbacks.
I’m less sanguine about the fact that Kenarious Gates is the only offensive line player who has stood out to date and coach Will Friend is still shuffling people around, trying to find his best potential starting five.
David Andrews was expected to be first choice at center, but Friend is giving Dallas Lee a try there this week. Watts Dantzler started out as the lead right tackle, but Austin Long is getting a look there as well.
The offensive line was the biggest question mark hanging over the Dogs entering spring practice, and that’s likely to still be the case come August, when highly rated recruit John Theus will start practicing.
It could take until midseason or later for the line to really gel, which is not going to work in the Dogs’ favor.
Talking with the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Friend noted, “I know we’ve got 15 spring practices and 29 before the season, but it really leaves you with not as much time as you would like.”
Sounds like a man feeling some pressure.
UPDATE: I’m going to hold off on commenting about the unconfirmed report of impending suspensions of two more members of the defense until we know for sure what’s happening. In the meantime, feel free to comment on the issue, but keep it civil and try not to act like screaming members of a mob with torches and pitchforks. Thanks.
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