Spring football has come and nearly gone. Saturday is G-Day for the Georgia Bulldogs and it's the final time we will see them in pads until August. So, with spring practice coming to a close, and the scrimmage game upon us, we provide the latest on the storylines from camp.
Defensive tackle Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins (knee) and running back Kenny McIntosh (elbow) were on the injured list within hours of the first padded practice. Then catastrophe struck when wide receiver George Pickens went down with a torn ACL, followed closely by wide receiver Jermaine Burton hyperextending his knee and being done for the spring.
The Pickens injury is a brutal blow to the wide receiver room, but young players seem to be stepping up in Pickens' absence. Georgia has managed to remain relatively healthy since the Burton injury during the third week of practice.
Justin Robinson, Demetris Robertson and Kendall Milton have all stepped up to the plate to replace the injured players this spring.
A clear leader, the talk of camp, young flashes and stability. That's how we've seen this spring practice period for Georgia's quarterbacks. There's the clear leader in JT Daniels. He's the obvious starter and becoming more and more like the obvious leader of this football team. It appears Georgia will go as far in 2021 as Daniels will take them.
The talk of camp has to be redshirt freshman Carson Beck. Beck had a quiet first season, but this spring he has impressed quite a bit. He's comfortable in the playbook and has been accurate and on time with his throws throughout camp.
Freshmen typically take a bit of time to adjust to college football. Now, the quarterback position only compounds that. Brock Vandagriff has shown flashes of future greatness this spring and is catching on to the playbook more each practice.
Then there's the stable veteran in Stetson Bennett. Georgia knows exactly what they have in "The Mailman."
This is the most overwhelming and dominating force this spring. The defensive line from Georgia has controlled the line of scrimmage, for the most part, all camp and they've also gotten after the quarterback. Daniels was sacked twice on Saturday, according to sources and the line is doing it from multiple areas of the line of scrimmage.
It's the typical names from a year ago: Jordan Davis, Devonte Wyatt, Travon Walker and Jalen Carter that have been impressive this camp. Walker and Carter have been known for completely destroying plays at times, winning their one-on-one matchups, and shutting things down.
Georgia needs a few of its sophomores from the 2020 signing class to become major contributors to the roster and from all accounts, they are doing exactly that.
Robinson has been impressive throughout camp. At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, he's a mismatch for just about any defensive back that's willing to guard him. He's made dozens of plays down the field for Georgia throughout spring practices and looks to make a major impact this fall.
Offensive linemen Sedrick Van Pran-Grainger and Tate Ratledge have both seen work with the first-team unit this spring. With Jamaree Salyer being limited, Ratledge has gotten most of the reps.
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