The majority of the focus this week heading into the Georgia Bulldogs’ home opener against North Carolina has been on its backfield - for good reason.
Meanwhile, in the world of specialists, head coach Kirby Smart has legs for days. A source revealed that the Bulldogs could use two kickers in Saturday’s game. William Ham is expected to kick field goals and extra points, while Rodrigo Blankenship will handle kickoff duties. Smart described the competition between Marshall Long and Brice Ramsey as a “tough battle.” Long is expected to win the job but Ramsey could also see some opportunities.
The summer heat has been pretty miserable in the southeast, and that has also extended to the Bulldogs. After a 10-minute bus ride without their cell phones, the team has been practicing in scorching temperatures. That indoor practice facility can’t come soon enough - but hey, at least they get to play in a dome on Saturday.
If you’re a fan of lunch pails you may find that you will soon be a fan of Michael Chigbu. The sophomore drew some high praise from Smart.
“(Chigbu) is a very smart, bright player that kind of is a lunch pail guy,” Smart said. “He comes to work every day, gives you all he's got. He's very intelligent, knows how to line up, physical blocker, great hands. I've really been pleased with him with his attitude. Not only that, he's a guy that takes ownership in the special teams, and he goes out and competes in the special teams and helps our team, especially from a depth standpoint.”
Fans of lunch may have encountered former All-American David Pollack serving waffle fries at Chick-fil-A. The ESPN analyst went undercover at the Beechwood Shopping Center in Athens.
Wednesday’s practice didn’t bring much in the way of news. There’s a good reason for that, as the wrong start time was sent out to the media. It was also scheduled to be the last media viewing period.
Until next time, Go Dawgs!