The University of Georgia sports galaxy revolves around football on a 365-day basis. That means when spring practice rolls around every year, all eyes and ears are on Georgia Football for a full month leading up to G-Day.
Believe it or not, that month is nearing the halfway point, as we head into Week 3 of the spring football season. It's a big week for Georgia, as they prepare for the first of two Saturday scrimmages prior to the G-Day game on April 17.
So, where do things stand for a team with high expectations heading into 2021?
The headliner is obviously WR George Pickens' ACL injury that requires surgery. Entering the season, Pickens was set to receive the lion's share of targets from quarterback JT Daniels who he had built quite a rapport with toward the end of the 2020 season.
There's also running back Kenny McIntosh having suffered an elbow injury and defensive lineman Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins injuring his knee. Those are the injuries that we about at this time.
On the flip side, Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint and Dominick Blaylock, who both suffered season-ending injuries during the 2020 campaign are back on the practice field in non-contact jerseys.
Talk of Camp
Sources have been raving about the energy and juice that Daniels is bringing to the facility on a daily basis. He took on a much larger leadership role this offseason, being the driving factor behind a lot of the player-led workouts, and now he's more of a vocal presence during practice. This is his football team, and a lot of the confidence around the program currently radiates from No. 18.
Keeping the quarterback discussion going, after a year of not hearing much about the quarterback from Jacksonville, Fla. the intel coming out about Beck is extremely positive this spring. Now, it should be noted that if the Bulldogs were playing Clemson tomorrow, Stetson Bennett would be the backup, but Beck has had a very strong offseason.
Freshman Brock Vandagriff has been a full participant this spring and has "showed some flashes" according to head coach Kirby Smart.
Outside linebacker Chazz Chambliss has impressed since his first day on campus with his general work ethic. According to a source, it took about two weeks before it was evident Chambliss was one of the hardest working players on the team. Wide receiver Adonai Mitchell's route-running ability has impressed a lot of people within the program. At 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, Mitchell may be earning himself some early playing time this spring.
The Georgia faithful is depending on one of the young corners to step up, and freshman corner Nyland Green is on the doorsteps of doing exactly that. His athletic ability has really flashed this offseason, being clocked at almost 21 MPH during workouts. He's becoming more and more comfortable with the playbook every day, though as of now Kelee Ringo, Ameer Speed and Jalen Kimber sit atop the cornerback depth chart.
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