‘Real football’ underway as Bulldogs go through first full-contact practice
ATHENS – Greetings from Woodruff Practice Fields. It’s time for real football!
The Bulldogs’ fifth practice is underway and this is the first of 11 in which they’ll be in full pads and hitting. I just got my first look at the 2011 team in full gear and, without question, it’s an athletic-looking group. Unfortunately they didn’t give media but 15 minutes access this morning and all that was their standard drill work they do every day.
The first full-contact practice is one the returning lettermen always look forward to. They look at it as their opportunity to “indoctrinate” the freshmen and first-year players on the ways of SEC football. It’s a chance for them to give the “Dream Teamers” a little dose of reality, if you will.
We’ll have an opportunity to talk to Coach Richt and selected defensive players around lunchtime so I’ll get you an update then on how they think things went.
Couple of quick observations from my short time out there this morning:
- Looks like the same guys are still out, including CB Brandon Boykin and S Jakar Hamilton.
- Didn’t see heralded walkon TB Brandon Harton with other RBs. Thought he may have been pumping iron at far end with other injured players. But they restrict where we can be on practice fields and, by default, what we can see. So I’ll have to get some verification later.
- TB Ken Malcome still out there fighting through groin. Looked good this morning, in my opinion.
- CB Chris Sanders, who has been getting a lot of love lately, was in green jersey, signifying non-contact status. But he was working out hard with everybody else early on.
- – DB Nick Marshall just an impressive athletic specimen. That dude is going to have to get on the field somehow, some way.
- – Big John Jenkins looking more natural in a No. 66 jersey. He’s still going to wear No. 6 this season but they didn’t have one big enough to go over his shoulder pads, per Athens Banner-Herald. Some new No. 6s on the way.
- – Stacy and DeNae LeMay, the parents of QB Christian LeMay, were intently watching their son from the sidelines.
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