SEC media days are over, which means preseason practice is officially just around the corner. Georgia is tentatively set to begin on Aug. 1, with players officially reporting a day earlier. In advance of practice, we will be breaking down each position: Who's back, who's new, and what needs to be resolved over the next month in advance of the Clemson game.
We start with the most visible position of all:
STARTER: Hutson Mason, Sr.
OTHERS RETURNING: Faton Bauta, Soph.; Brice Ramsey, R-Fr.; Jacob Park, Fr.
NEW GUYS: None. (Park enrolled early for spring practice.)
WHAT TO WATCH: The battle for the No. 2 job will be the most discussed, with Bauta probably having just the slightest of edges over Ramsey as camp begins. There’s a good chance the competition lasts into the season, with Mike Bobo deciding it on a week-to-week basis. Park, meanwhile, will just continue to learn the offense as he prepares for a redshirt season. But for all the attention that will be given to the pecking order of the backups, the most important player to watch is Mason. The senior needs to be ready to go right away for the opener – it’s against Clemson, not Buffalo – which means he needs to play the way he looked in the second half of the Georgia Tech game, rather than the first half. Mason by all accounts had a great spring practice, taking a step forward in his development and fixing some of the footwork issues that plagued him during his two starts last season. Now Mason gets an influx of skill-position help he didn’t have before: Malcolm Mitchell, Jay Rome and Keith Marshall are ready to play, and Justin Scott-Wesley might be close behind. The preseason is the time for Mason to develop a rapport with his entire ensemble, and Mitchell in particular, as he and Mason have not spent a great deal of time working together.
Projected depth chart
1. Hutson Mason, Sr.
2a. Faton Bauta, Soph.
2b. Brice Ramsey, R-Fr.
4. Jacob Park, Fr.
Next up: Running backs.