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Friday, August 6, 2010

After the rain ...

Longer day than usual here at the football complex, thanks to a big thunderstorm that forced the team indoors for an hour. And they weren't practicing, they just waited, returning after the wait to finish up their fifth preseason practice.

No Mark Richt media availability today, but we did get the two coordinators. The nuts and bolts from each of them:

Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham:

- He likes the progress the players are making in picking up the new system.

"I think the guys have really bought into what we're doing."

They're going to "re-install" a lot of stuff starting with Saturday's practice. The way Grantham explained it, basically they're re-teaching a lot of the stuff they started with in spring practice, and this past Monday, as a way of sort of hammering home the plays and schemes.

- Freshmen that Grantham says have stood out: Cornerback Derek Owens (whom Richt has praised too), safety Alec Ogletree (another guy Richt has praised twice) and linebacker Demetre Baker.

- Positions that are up for grabs: Outside linebacker (Darryl Gamble is pushing Cornelius Washington), both safety spots (Nick Williams, Jakar Hamilton and Baccari Rambo are playing well, according to Grantham) and cornerback.

The latter position is an interesting one to watch. Grantham said three corners will play, whether it's two spots or against three-wide sets. (Grantham didn't name which specific corners.)

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo (who had a little less time to talk, but also has less issues and position battles):

- He's "really pleased" with freshman QB Hutson Mason, who continues to pick up things quickly.

- Offensive lineman Trinton Sturdivant, coming back from two knee surgeries, has had limited reps, but has looked good when he's been out there.

- Freshman RB Ken Malcome, who's alternating at second team, is still learning plays but is "showing signs of being able to be elusive," and Bobo said it'll be interesting to see how he finishes runs during live drills.

- Marlon Brown is one of the better blocking receivers and has overall done well. "He has a bright future," Bobo said.

1 comment:

BenG said...

Excellent update. Thanks, Seth!