Mar 21, 2016 — 9:28pm
Sounds like new Georgia head coach Kirby Smart is leading the way with great “energy!” Energy in the staff meetings. Energy in player meetings. Energy on the practice field. He’s pumping energy into recruiting. All the ‘Dogs can feel it.
As Coach Smart already knows, there is no time to waste. His staff is playing catch-up to the rest of the SEC (except SC). Installation of new schemes is underway during spring practice. That’s on both sides of the ball.
Coach Chaney has got to get that freshman QB coached up too. My first impression of Jacob Eason is that he’s tall and he can sling it, during non-contact work.
But can he stand strong in the pocket and zip it into a tight window downfield, knowing he’s about to take a big hit? Will he be able to make good, quick decisions? And can he adjust to the speed of the college game? Only time will tell. The first real clues come down in the G-Day scrimmage. Can’t wait to see this.
Hopefully, Georgia fans will also get a good look at the new weapons at wide receiver and tight-end. As I’ve mentioned, the ‘Dogs have some big-play weapons at the slot receiver spot. Godwin & McKenzie are dangerous with the ball in their hands. Sounds like Shakenneth Williams could win some time out wide. Freshman Riley Ridley has a big frame and lots of upside. Also, JC transfer Javon Wims could emerge as a playmaker outside the numbers. I believe it’s critical to the offense to develop some “outside the numbers” threats, maybe these 3 guys can step up.
Meanwhile, Coach Pittman is busy whipping the Georgia O-Line into shape. The ‘Dogs are planning on being more physical up front. Big Sam Madden and freshman Ben Cleveland are working at guard together on the 2nd team. Those are two big dudes! Interested to see both of them on G-Day.
Chaney’s challenge is re-energizing the Bulldog passing attack. This group should be able to run the ball. Got to be able to hurt defenses in the passing game. That’s where the ‘Dogs came up short last season.