Georgia practice report: Mecole Hardman in the Wildcat, offensive line and receiver observations

ATHENS — The Georgia football team went back to its indoor facility on Wednesday, and continued to work on some offensive wrinkles.

Sophomore receiver Mecole Hardman was taking snaps out of the Wildcat formation during the media viewing period, as was senior tailback Sony Michel.

Neither should be much of a surprise: Hardman was a quarterback in high school before trying cornerback his freshman year at Georgia, an experiment that has since ended. Michel has taken snaps out of Georgia’s Wildcat package in the past.

Hardman took snaps with two tailbacks (Elijah Holyfield and Nick Chubb) by his sides. Freshman tailback D’Andre Swift and sophomore tailback Brian Herrien were also involved during the drill. Running backs coach Dell McGee was running the drill.

A few other notes and observations:

  • Starting left tackle Isaiah Wynn remains absent for a third straight day. Head coach Kirby Smart has said that Wynn was dealing with “a little illness,” and didn’t know when he would be back.
  • The offensive line pecking order remained the same as it’s been this week with Wynn out. Freshman Andrew Thomas continues to get a look at first-team left guard, with redshirt freshman Ben Cleveland at first-team right tackle and senior Dyshon Sims at left tackle.
  • Terry Godwin was running routes near the sideline, rather than just with the slots. Godwin, the junior and team’s leading returning receiver, has operated out of the slot for much of this year’s practices, but has also run routes at the other receiver positions.
  • Hardman, working out of the slot during regular receiving drills, had one drop. He was also coached up by offensive coordinator Jim Chaney on taking the right steps after a catch. Hardman did have a nice catch just before the media viewing period ended.
  • Freshman receiver J.J. Holloman was back practicing after missing a couple days, and made a nice sideline catch.
  • Freshman receiver Mark Webb had a couple good catches on a sideline route drill.
  • Junior college transfer Ahkil Crumpton continues to look like a solid addition, not making any drops yet that this media member has seen. (Albeit in an overall small window of reference.)

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