Another day of spring practice is in the books, and Coach Kirby Smart talked about the less-than-stellar return to the field:
(video courtesy of Radi Nabulsi and UGASports.com)
A few thoughts:
- Somehow they didn't throw and catch well on offense. But also gave up by plays on defense. I guess without anyone throwing or catching.
- "The punt team is improving." That sound you heard was Vince Dooley letting out a breathy sigh from the back of the room. In all seriousness, I would be fine with Brice Ramsey averaging 41.6 yards per boot in 2016 just as he did in 2015.
- I'm not at all surprised to hear that Ramsey is getting some reps with the first team offense. The guy has a great arm, he has nice touch on the ball. He has the physical tools to be an SEC quarterback. But it's also not surprising to hear a reference to him having a bit of a laissez faire carriage. That was no secret last season.
- It sounds like if they had to strap 'em up and take on North Carolina tomorrow that Greyson Lambert might well get the nod. There are Georgia fans who are going to have a hard time believing that.
- Smart's remark about Lorenzo Carter allegedly not being physically "tough enough" is interesting. There were times in 2015, especially against the run, when Carter did appear to give up ground. Given his physical stature that shouldn't happen.
- I'm inordinately excited to hear that some of the younger defensive linemen have shown a spark. Losing Sterling Bailey, James Deloach, and Chris Mayes means losing a lot of starting experience up front. When Smart's Alabama defenses were dominant it all started up front. That's not going to stop being a critical element in Athens.
- Speaking of defensive linemen, Jonathan Ledbetter's one game suspension is interesting for the fact that it's not two games. In the past Mark Richt rounded the UGA requirement that players miss 10% of their season for a first alcohol-related conduct violation up to two games. Smart is apparently rounding 1.2 games down to 1.0, at least this time around. I'm willing to bet Smart will handle disciplinary issues of this type on a case-by-case basis. Until later....