The hours until the start of Georgia’s 2017 campaign just keep ticking away. I don’t know what you’re doing to pass the time, but I’ve already thoroughly cleaned my Weber, sharpened my knives, made sure all my digital thermometers have fresh batteries, updated my R.E.M. Spotify playlist, and consolidated like bottles of bourbon in my liquor cabinet. To be honest I’m pretty much out of things to do to prep.
And you may be too. So allow me to help you pass just a little more time. These are your Thursday Morning Dawg Bites:
- First off, The Macon Telegraph updates a few developments from yesterday’s practice. It seems Kirby Smart spent most of the media viewing period with his secondary coach hat on, as he worked hands-on with Georgia’s safeties (including many underclassmen and first year players). Additionally, Jason Butt notes that both Rashad Roundtree and Robert Beal were absent from practice with what Smart described as “small injuries” that shouldn’t keep the DB and LB sidelined for long.
- Eight Dawgs have landed on the Coaches Pre-Season All-SEC Team. First teamers are Nick Chubb, Roquan Smith, and Trenton Thompson. Second team members are Isaac Nauta, Isaiah Wynn, and Dominick Sanders. Rounding out the Third Team are Lorenzo Carter and Jonathan Ledbetter. I’ve gotta say, I’m wondering just why the hell Sony Michel isn’t on this list. I’ll assume some of the coaches were just distracted by their substantial escort service call lists.
- Sports Illustrated has a list of players that could turn their teams into contenders this year. UGA Offensive Lineman Andrew Thomas is on that list. Sure, its all speculative (and kind of obvious). But it’s still nice to see OL mentioned as a potential asset for the Dawgs. I mean, I’ll believe it when I see it... but, man, would I love to see it.
- On a list of recruits like this, it just isn’t realistic to expect UGA to pull in the majority. However, there are fewer committed to the Dawgs than I would like to see at this point. That said, there are some big undecideds on that list that are prime targets to sign with Georgia. This could end spectacularly. It could also be underwhelming. I’ll stick with my general philosophy on Georgia football circa 2017: There are things worth being at least mildly concerned about as Kirby Smart continues developing as a head coach. Until I see evidence to the contrary, recruiting won’t be among them.
That’s all for this morning folks. Hopefully it can help you keep that countdown going until next time...