UGA Fan Day Gives An Early Preview Of The Dawgs

UGA Fan Day Gives An Early Preview Of The Dawgs

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UGA Fan Day Gives An Early Preview Of The Dawgs


The Georgia Bulldogs kicked-off the first weekend of summer practice with the annual Fan Day at Sanford Stadium this afternoon.

A few thousand Dawg fans braved the bright sunshine and searing heat to catch a glimpse of the 2018 team. From 3:30 to 5:30, the Dawgs practiced in shorts and helmets, running drills and scrimmaging 11 on 11. After practice, fans lined up for autographs and pictures on the field with Coach Smart and the team.

Highlights of the day included:

• Jake Fromm looked in mid-season form. Working exclusively with the first team, he threw some beautiful long balls and touchdowns. Senior Jayson Stanley showed off his speed on one of the touchdown receptions as he outran cornerback Deandre Baker.

• Newcomer Demetris Robertson made an impressive catch in the end zone on another Fromm long ball, creating the biggest buzz from the fans during the day.

• Freshman Justin Fields floated a 45-yard TD pass to Stanley. Fields completed most of his passes and had a command of the game.

• The wide receivers also had a few dropped passes as well — a problem that plagued the Dawgs throughout last season. On another deep ball, Fromm hit Riley Ridley in stride but the Deerfield Beach native dropped it. Tyler Simmons had a drop and J.J. Holloman dropped one of Fields’ passes in the end zone.

• Freshman running backs Zamir White, wearing a knee brace, and Miami’s James Cook, both impressed the crowd with speed and quickness.

• Linebacker Monty Rice caused sophomore running back D’Andre Swift to fumble.

• Swift and juniors Elijah Holyfield and Brian Herrien primarily ran with the first team, while White and Cook ran with the second team.

• Juniors Riley Ridley, Mecole Hardman Jr. and Tyler Simmons had most of the first team reps at wide receiver. Holloman, sophomore Trey Blount and senior Akhil Crumpton ran with the second team.

• Juniors Charlie Woerner and Isaac Nauta worked with the first team at tight end and freshman John FitzPatrick and Luke Ford were on the second team. Note: Dawgs are loaded with talent here. Look for offensive coordinator Jim Chaney to utilize this group more in 2018.

• The first-team defensive front was anchored by nose tackle Julian Rochester, defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter and tackle Tyler Clark. Grad transfer Jay Hayes, who is expected to add some much needed depth, ran with the second team.

• Inside linebacker Natrez Patrick is the only returning starter in the linebacking corps. Outside linebacker D’Andre Walker and inside backer Tae Crowder were also on the first team. Monty Rice also shuttled in and out with the first group.

• Mark Webb and Baker manned the corners with sophomore William Poole at star and J.R. Reed and Richard LeCounte at safety. Deangleo Gibbs had star reps with the second team.

• First team offensive line included super-soph Andrew Thomas at left tackle, Kendall Baker at left guard, senior center Lamont Gaillard, right guard Ben Cleveland and redshirt freshman Isaiah Wilson at right tackle. Kendall Baker was obviously in the weight room this summer.

• Hardman ran some drills from the ‘Wild Dawg’ formation. Not exactly breaking news, but lightning quick and fast!

• Senior Terry Godwin was out with a minor knee injury and rode a stationary bike. Freshman defensive back Divaad Wilson, who is coming back from a knee injury, ran some drills.

• It doesn’t matter how many stars you have after your name, Coach Smart will still go ‘old school’ on you. He lit into Richard LeCounte after an apparent missed assignment.

• It was hot! The training staff made sure the players were staying hydrated.

The Dawgs return to practice on Monday in full uniform. Expect some popping of the pads and tempers as the heat index will approach 100.

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