Georgia head coach Kirby Smart shouts defensive instructions to linebackers Monty Rice (32) and Tae Crowder (30) during practice Saturday on the Woodruff Practice Fields in Athens, Ga. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
Photo: Anthony Walsh
Photo: Anthony Walsh

3 observations from Georgia’s first workouts

Here are three things learned during media observation periods over the first two days:

Numbers for newbies. Twelve of Georgia’s 26 signees in the 2019 recruiting class have been going through their first sanctioned workouts with the team this weekend. That means they’re getting to wear their official jersey numbers. One of the most notable signees is 5-star-rated receiver George Pickens of Hoover, Ala. Pickens was issued the No. 1, according to UGA’s roster, but has been wearing 83 in practice the first two days. Other numbers for the newbies include: 8 – WR Dominick Blaylock; 15 – WR Lawrence Cager; 96 – DL Zion Logue; 6 – RB Kenny McIntosh; 91 – DL Tymon Mitchell; 45 – DL Bill Norton; 18 – TE Brett Seither; 19 – WR Makiya Tongue; 73 – OL Xavier Truss; 44 – DL Travon Walker; 17 – TE Eli Wolf.

O-line early look: Coach Sam Pittman is known for mixing and matching liberally as he prepares multiple combinations for Georgia’s ultra-deep offensive line. For what it’s worth, the first unit looks to be lining up the same way it did to end spring ball. That is, LT Andrew Thomas, LG Solomon Kindley, C Trey Hill, RG Ben Cleveland and RT Isaiah Wilson. On Saturday, redshirt freshman Owen Condon was running second-team left tackle, followed by the freshman Truss. D’Marcus Hayes was working second-string left guard, Warren Ericson and Clay Webb were alternating behind Hill at center, Cade Mays was alternating regularly with Cleveland at right guard and Jamaree Salyer was backing up at right tackle.

D-line getting healthy. One of the best signs for the Bulldogs so far is having their full complement of defensive linemen. Seniors David Marshall (foot), Julian Rochester (knee) and Michail Carter (shoulder) have been cleared following surgeries that kept them out or limited them in spring practice. “Everybody is cleared on the D-line,” coach Kirby Smart said. “When we’re in pads and tackling, Julian still has some room to improve to be in full contact.” Georgia recruited five newcomers to compete with a group of 12 returning lettermen and several walk-ons.

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