Athens — Mark Richt really likes his freshmen receivers. The Bulldogs are really serious about reducing penalties. And the radio broadcast team is really large.
Those were my take-aways from Day 2 in Georgia’s preseason camp.
Only a small portion -– about 20 minutes -– of a two-hour practice was open to the media Wednesday, but Richt was pretty animated afterward in discussing his very, very early impressions of the incoming freshmen.
On WR Marlon Brown: “I saw him going up strong on a catch and guys were trying to rake the ball out of there and couldn’t do it because he’s got such strong hands.”
On WR Rantavious Wooten: “I saw [him] running routes, looking like he had been doing it for quite a while. Got outstanding hands.”
On TE Orson Charles: “He made some nice catches. He needs much more precision in his route-running, of course, but . . . he’s getting a pretty good feel for what to do.”
On TB Washaun Ealey: “I like how Washaun looks. He runs with a great center of gravity. Looks like he’s not going to get knocked off his feet very easily. . . . Got such a long way to go, learning what to do.”
On DB Branden Smith: “Very, very lighting quick. Got good ball skills.”
In general, Richt said the freshmen “don’t look lost” — a fact he attributed to the mentoring they got over the summer (and continue to get) from the returning players.
On penalties, Richt made it clear that no one, least of all him, has forgotten last year’s fifth-worst-in-the-nation ranking in that category. Several players agreed it’s an important issue and is being treated as such on the practice field. Here’s more on that.
By my count, Georgia will have eight on-air folks involved with its football radio broadcasts, from pregame show through postgame show. More on that here if you missed it yesterday.
And a few other quick notes:
– Linebacker Darryl Gamble had two interceptions and two fumble recoveries in practice No. 1, while Sanders Commings, Bacarri Rambo and Prince Miller had interceptions in the mostly closed practice No. 2, according to Richt. But while Richt was pleased the DBs are holding on to the ball –- too many potential picks were dropped last fall –- he acknowledged the flip side: Someone on his team also is throwing those balls. “Most of the picks happened because of a quarterback throwing the ball where he shouldn’t have thrown it, making a bad decision. They’ve got to take better care of the ball.”
– Linebacker Christian Robinson practiced with his hand wrapped because of a left thumb injury, but it’s apparently nothing serious.
– No setbacks in Jeff Owens‘ and Trinton Sturdivant’s comebacks. “You see no ill effects,” Richt said. “You don’t see them favoring anything.” You’ve heard from Owens on how he’s doing, and if you wonder why you haven’t heard from Sturdivant, it’s because, once again, at least for now, Georgia’s offensive linemen aren’t doing media interviews except for the group’s designated spokesman Clint Boling.
– After practicing in shorts, jerseys and helmets the past two days, the Dogs add shoulder pads this afternoon. More then. . . .