Georgia football: Day 3 practice notes and video

semerson@macon.comAugust 3, 2013 

Todd Gurley takes a water break.


Georgia is asking now that videos from practice not include audio. So a few of us enterprising beat writers have uploaded video with different music on top of it. Enjoy!

Receiver drills:

Georgia had its third practice of the preseason on Saturday morning. There was a limited media viewing period, but a few quick notes and observations:

- Two newcomers are making an early impression, according to junior linebacker Ramik Wilson.

Outside linebacker Leonard Floyd and cornerback Shaq Wiggins are "some ballers, and they're making plays out there," Wilson told me after Saturday's practice.

What is Wiggins doing so well?

"Just making plays," Wilson said. "Just guarding receivers, trying to be a shut-down (cornerback), just encouraging everybody. Just making plays."

Floyd, meanwhile, is doing quite well in a pass-rushing role.

"He's the real deal," Wilson said.

- The official motto for the 2013 Georgia Bulldogs:

"New year, new team, one dream."

That seems aimed as much at the offense as the defense. Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has been emphasizing - both with the media and in practice - that "last year's over." The defense, obviously, feels like a new team anyway.

"I don't really tune in on the offense very much when Bobo is yelling at them," safety Connor Norman said. "But I like the slogan, because we really are a completely different team than we were last year. I really think that. But we're still moving in the same direction that we wanna go, the same place we wanna get."

- Safety Shaquille Fluker, the junior college transfer, was in a regular jersey after being in a non-contact jersey the first two days. Fluker is a prime candidate for playing time and could push Corey Moore and Connor Norman at strong safety. (Josh Harvey-Clemons is first-team strong safety in the base defense, but he's suspended for the opener.)

- In case anybody was wondering, freshman Tray Matthews is still the clear first-team free safety. Any change in that at this point would probably have to come via injury.

- Sophomore Josh Dawson was back with the outside linebackers on Saturday, after rolling with the defensive ends the first two days. In Georgia's defense, there really isn't too much difference between the two spots. Dawson is setting up to rotate the way Cornelius Washington did last season.

- In a few drills, Hutson Mason is being snuck in for a few more reps with the first-team backfield. Obviously Aaron Murray's starting spot is secure, but it could be a sign that the coaches want Mason as ready as can be should his services be needed. As for the other quarterbacks, Parker Welch still has the edge over Christian LeMay for the third spot, but offensive coordinator Mike Bobo could be overheard on Thursday saying "There's no No. 3!" In other words, he wants all the quarterbacks not named Murray or Mason to know there is room to make a push.

- You may notice in one of the videos below that inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti is working with first-teamers Amarlo Herrera and Ramik Wilson, as well as freshman Reggie Carter. That was just in one drill, but it's clear that remains the pecking order, with freshman Ryne Rankin, Tim Kimbrough and Johnny O'Neal having some catching-up to do. O'Neal did have a good practice on Thursday, from what I could tell.

- Georgia men's basketball head coach Mark Fox was in attendance at Saturday morning's practice with his 13-year-old son, Parker.

Inside linebackers

Outside linebackers

Connor Norman interview

Josh Dawson interview

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