ATHENS — This isn’t exactly breaking news, but Kirby Smart and his Georgia coaches are very hands on, as they showed again during Thursday’s practice.
Smart, who wanders but then doesn’t just watch during drills, grabbed footballs and threw passes to receivers. His throws, for the record, were on target.
Receivers coach James Coley, as demonstrative as usual, was unhappy that student coach Shakenneth Williams didn’t get cones down fast enough for a drill, so Coley reached down and did it himself.
This was practice No. 22 of the preseason, nine days prior to the season opener against Appalachian State. And while it wasn’t certain, it appeared that at least some players have broken off for scout-team work.
Some notes and observations from the media viewing period:
- Junior Jonathan Ledbetter was getting some work in with the outside linebackers. Ledbetter, normally a defensive lineman, may have been getting some work in for some different alignments. Inside linebacker Natrez Patrick has also gotten a look outside. Outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter has gotten some snaps at the nickel back. So the staff appears to be moving guys around to see who can do what, just in case.
- Freshman outside linebacker Robert Beal and junior safety Rashad Roundtree appeared to be out again. Smart said on Wednesday that both had injuries but should be back soon.
- The offensive line had no apparent changes. Freshman Andrew Thomas was with the first team at right tackle, with redshirt freshman Ben Cleveland backing him up.
- Junior Juwan Taylor continues to work as a second team inside linebacker, alongside Reggie Carter.
- Freshman Mark Webb, who has had a good preseason, made a nice catch, reaching behind him on the run during a slant route.
- The first-team secondary couldn’t be ascertained, as the lineup wasn’t shown during either period the media was present.
- The team was indoors on Thursday. There was no inclement weather, but the coaches like to take the team indoors every few days during the preseason to rest the player’s legs.
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