Georgia Football In the Air as Spring Practice Begins


Georgia football began Spring practice today, another reason to celebrate March. 17 this year other than St. Patrick’s Day.

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Ah, Spring.

Grass begins to grow, flowers start to bloom, windy days, moderate evenings….and…


Our itch can finally be scratched, as Spring football practices began today in Athens. The Bulldog Nation that lives between the hedges can begin the countdown towards fall and opening day now.

Some key notes and observations from the first day of practice.

Running back Keith Marshall looks to be fully recovered. He was running and practicing without any discomfort and looked as strong as he did during his freshman year.

“Keith has no limitations,” coach Mark Richt said Tuesday after practice, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He looks good. He’s working on getting into playing shape.”  Sony Michel and Nick Chubb also looked ready to go, with all the backs getting some praise from position coach Thomas Brown during practice.

Another piece of good news is that wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley looked to be back in 2013 form, running hard and making good sharp cuts in his routes. His burst of speed looks to be back, and it would seem that — like Marshall — the lingering effects of the ACL surgery have finally passed.

That Georgia offensive line…did we mention they were good? Yeah, they look to be as dominant as ever already. Hunter Long reportedly took some snaps at center, a position that will be as hotly contested as quarterback when all is said and done, but the line as a whole looked good. Isaiah Wynn is going to provide a lot of competition for Long.

Speaking of quarterback…

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Yeah, nothing decided yet. Not even close. This is going to be a long, competitive battle between three very good and very different quarterbacks, and it could last until fall practices wrap up.

Brice Ramsey, Jacob Park, and Faton Bauta all got some nice reps during the first day, with Bauta and Ramsey finding some targets on deep routes. Park’s legendary arm strength was clearly on display as well.

Defensively it was hard not to look at Lorenzo Carter, who was all over the field and already looking ferocious. But UAB transfer Jake Ganus showed some serious ups, especially in sprints and could be a sleeper for a big-time player on this defense.

The best news of all…no injury news to report.

That’s the kind of first day of practice you like to see.

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