A Look at Lesser Discussed Position Battles

Georgia is over halfway through its first spring practice since 2019, so we talk about the lesser discussed position battles.
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Georgia is over halfway through its first spring practice since 2019 and the first scrimmage of 2021 is scheduled for Saturday. The questions so far have been at wide receiver, defensive back and QB2.

Those seem to be the primary points of concern on the roster midway through spring ball, but they aren’t the only positions with questions.

Inside Linebacker

With Nakobe Dean rehabbing from offseason labrum surgery, there has been a fierce battle between Quay Walker and Channing Tindall. 

Walker has had the edge in playing time during the past couple of seasons, but Tindall has flashed when he has had the opportunity, racking up several sacks to his credit. The battle between those two for who will be the inside linebacker opposite Nakobe Dean will heat up on Saturday. This is one of three scrimmages where the coaches will be evaluating both players. 

TE, Darnell Washington

TE, Darnell Washington

Tight End

Georgia’s tight-end room has gone from one of its weaknesses to one of its strong points in a short amount of time. The Bulldogs return two dependable tight ends in John Fitzpatrick and Darnell Washington. Brett Seither, along with Ryland Goede have been waiting in the wings. New to the room is Californian Brock Bowers. According to sources, he's been more than impressive so far in practice. Washington has continued to bulk up, weighing in around the 275-280 range. 

Offensive Line

Justin Schaffer and Jamaree Salyer likely have their spots locked up, and perhaps Warren McClendon. But who will win at the other positions? Offensive line mainstay Ben Cleveland has left for the NFL and Trey Hill has gone with him. This leaves two or three spots open in a room filled with guys who are more than capable of filling them. 

Who does Georgia roll out with the ones on Saturday? Is it Xavier Truss, Schaffer, Warren Ericson, Salyer, and McClendon? Or does another name make an appearance? Has Amarius Mims found his way into the rotation yet? Do we see Broderick Jones or Tate Ratledge? Does Sedrick Van Pran Granger make a run at center?

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