ATHENS - There was threat of rain on Saturday, but it did not materialize, good news for the Georgia football team, as well as those hoping to avoid a day of fan complaints about the lack of an indoor practice facility.
(Not saying the complaints aren't valid. Just saying I'm glad we didn't have to deal with it today.)
The media was permitted its customary 15-minute viewing period, down from the 45-minute special we received for Friday's opening practice. Herein a few observations:
- Aaron Davis was working with the safeties for a second straight day. The redshirt freshman, a walk-on, was the first-team cornerback entering the preseason. Now this could just be Jeremy Pruitt continuing to move his defensive backs around and experiment. It could also be a sign that Pruitt likes what he's seeing out of the new cornerbacks, such as freshman Malkom Parrish and junior college transfer Shattle Fenteng. It seems that Pruitt genuinely likes what he's seen from Davis, and doesn't really care that he's a walk-on who hasn't played much football since he was a sophomore in high school.
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- Reggie Wilkerson, the redshirt freshman, also continues to work with the safeties. He's not wearing a brace, from what I can tell, and looked fine running.
- Brendan Langley continues to look decent in his transition to receiver, at least from what we could see today. The sophomore made a nice catch on a high throw during pass skeletons. Langley was requested for interviews after today's practice, but permission was denied for unknown reasons.
- Lamont Galliard, the freshman defensive tackle, will need to lose some weight, or at least tone up. Listed at 6-2 and 302 pounds, he looks a bit flabby, to be honest, and we know how Pruitt and Tracy Rocker are harping on conditioning. It will be hard for Galliard to get on the field this fall if he doesn't get in a bit better shape. It might have been hard anyway.
- Speaking of which, here's how the defensive line pecking order went during drills:
First team: James DeLoach, Mike Thornton, Sterling Bailey.
Second team: John Atkins, Chris Mayes, Josh Dawson.
Third team: Ray Drew, Galliard.
Fourth team: A.J. McDonald, Toby Johnson.
Yes, Drew is still on third team, a year after being second on the team with six sacks. Drew was third-team for most of the spring too. Rocker said in the spring not to look too much into it, that it wasn't a message being sent, and that Drew would play. But the more this continues, the more it becomes clear that Drew has some work to do.
- It's probably not too useful to examine the No. 2 quarterback competition on a daily basis, so take it with the slightest of grains of salt that Brice Ramsey seemed to be getting more second-team reps today. For one thing, it was only a passing drill. Faton Bauta might have been second-team for the team drills later. But while we were out there Ramsey was up next to throw after Mason, followed by Bauta. You can often tell a Ramsey pass just by hearing it, as there's such a zip on it. Bauta doesn't have the cannon, but he's more mobile and his decision-making has been good, from what we hear.
Incidentally, Mike Bobo remains very active during practice: At one point he simulated a pass rush on Bauta, who was able to get the throw off.
- It is useful to point out that there is a new quarterback at practice this summer: Sam Vaughn, a walk-on freshman from Fort Pierce, Fla. Vaughn is listed at 6-foot-3 and 188 pounds. He is the fifth quarterback on the roster, serving as only the deepest of insurance this season.
- Finally, at tight end we know that Jay Rome is the first-teamer, as long as he's healthy, which other than occasionally favoring his toe he seems to be. But there also seems to be a big gap between second-teamer Jordan Davis and everyone else. Davis (6-4, 230) seems to be in really good shape, and looks like he could flex out at receiver if needed. He also made a very nice catch-and-run on a throw from Ramsey ... that's a tandem we could hear a lot down the road.