In the big picture, spring games don’t mean much as far as how spring practices goes. There is so much that goes on beyond the wondering eyes of the pubic during spring practice. The spring game, by and large is a show not so much for the fans as it is, especially recently, for recruits.
Here’s five reasons to look forward to being in Athens on Saturday, Where It’s Always a Beautiful Day In The Classic City.
There’s no way around it. Athens is one of creation’s greatest gifts to mankind. Do you really need an excuse to travel to The Classic City?
It won’t be on the level of 93K Day (No, Luda’ and his rider won’t be there) but the coaching staff appears to be assembling a highly impressive guest list for recruits. There’s a reason why Kirby Smart is not waiting for the season opener to be the big reveal for the brand new video boards. Saturday is all about keeping up the energy from last season and creating a ‘wow’ factor for the high targets and casual observers.
The Day Of Elijah
With Deandre Swift having been a big banged up and Zamir White not yet up to speed, to say that G-Day is Elijah Holyfield’s time to shine is an understatement.
The New Guys
Saturday will also be the first full-on look at the bevy of new enrollees. On the surface, the main one many want to see first-and is Justin Fields. Beyond that, the flashy Kearis Jackson as well as offensive linemen Cade Mays and Trey Hill and Brenton Cox on defense are others that will be much anticipated, even if it’s only a glimpse of them during warm ups of spot duty.
In an era when most spring games are on TV, there is absolutely no reason to give away any wrinkles or secrets that an early season opponent may stumble across. For that reason, you never know sometimes what kind of bizarre play may be run that in no way would be run during the season. For the fun of it, who knows, maybe Jim Chaney runs the full house backfield for a drive or even lets a fan tweet him what play to run?