Practice Report: Georgia football kicks off second week of spring practice
The Georgia football team held its second open practice of the spring on Tuesday. Members of the media were allowed a viewing period of 11 minutes. Here are a few observations from The Red & Black.
On the offensive end, co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach James Coley teamed with wide receivers coach Cortez Hankton to work on some routes and passes with the quarterbacks and wide receivers. Quarterbacks Jake Fromm and Justin Fields did some passing drills side by side and Terry Godwin and Riley Ridley were the first receivers up on the outside in the drills.
The two quarterbacks also worked on some shorter throws to the outside with slot receivers. In one drill, Fromm hit Mecole Hardman on an out route while Fields simultaneously overthrew Ahkil Crumpton on his side of the drill.
For the most part, though, both of the top quarterbacks showed solid accuracy during the media viewing period and did not miss many throws.
The offensive line was working on some double-team blocking drills with the left tackles and left guards working together, the centers and right guards teaming up and the right tackles left working with tight ends.
In that drill, it appeared that the current first-team offensive line consisted of sophomore Andrew Thomas at left tackle, senior Kendall Baker at left guard, senior Lamont Gaillard at center, redshirt sophomore Ben Cleveland at right guard and redshirt freshman Isaiah Wilson at right tackle. In the blocking drill, it appeared that Isaac Nauta was the first man up at tight end, as he was paired with Wilson, who was at right tackle, in the drill.
Former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray was also in attendance watching practice.
Senior defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter was not seen practicing with the defensive line during the periods of practice open to the media on Tuesday. Ledbetter was seen practicing with a wrap on his right thumb during the first spring practice on March 20, although he did not appear to be limited in drills at the time.
Ledbetter played in all 15 of Georgia’s games last season, starting 11 of them. He totaled 38 tackles and 2.5 sacks during his junior campaign.
The outside linebackers were practicing shedding blockers, knocking each other down onto a mat to do so. Linebackers going through the drill would use one arm to push down the other linebackers, holding a pad and acting as opposing blockers. The goal of the drill was to push the the stand-in blocker over, forcing him to fall onto the mat.
Outside linebacker coach Dan Lanning, hired in January, oversaw the drill. He reminded the players to keep their arm fully extended and put their hips behind their arm as they shed the attempted block.