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G Day Central: Time, Television, and Preview

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Spring practice in Athens comes to an end Saturday with the annual G Day Game. As always admission is free.

The game itself kicks off at 4:00 pm eastern. However the gates open at 1:00 pm. Construction in the west end zone at Sanford Stadium will limit seating somewhat and a pass system will be utilized to shuffle fans into the open sections and avoid overcrowding.

Television coverage on ESPN will feature Todd Blackledge, Bill Wischusen, and University alumna Maria Taylor.

Plus - our very own Lugnut Dawg is on site with coverage today!

Storylines

Does Justin Fields dazzle? The true freshman will get the start for the black team. It will be interesting to see how much of the playbook Fields has, and also how the coaches utilize his skills. I fully anticipate we’ll see some packages for Fields this fall. I’m less certain the staff will unveil those looks tomorrow.

Is the defense a work in progress? With significant personnel losses from 2017’s unit, there will be a lot of new faces on the field Saturday. At times this spring the defense seemed a step behind the offense that features returning starters almost everywhere but tailback, and even there returns significant experience. Will the D look like it’s ready to pick up where it left off, or will it look like a unit replacing nine starters?

Merely freshmen? In addition to Fields several other youngsters could make an impact. Brenton Cox has actually gotten some first team reps this spring and is simply too good to keep off the field. Three members of Georgia’s elite offensive line class will also suit up: guard Trey Hill, center Warren Ericson, and tackle Cade Mays. All are looking to get in the rotation as part of a unit packed with veteran talent. Freshman wide receiver Kearis Jackson has gotten recognition from the coaches this spring, and is also looking to impress.

Objective Significance

Very little. G Day is a reliably unreliable indicator of future success. If G Day told us anything Torin Kirtsey would be in the Circle of Honor next to Zach Mettenberger. I wouldn’t read too much into the result, and would encourage you to root primarily for good weather and no injuries. Until later...

Go ‘Dawgs!!!