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Georgia Football Spring Practice Notes: Thursday, March 31
ATHENS, GA. — Georgia football held its second spring practice of the week on Thursday.
The media was allowed nearly 20 minutes of availability on Thursday. Here are some notes from the Bulldogs’ second practice of the week:
This was my first time getting to view Arik Gilbert in person. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound pass-catcher seems like he has all the tools to succeed next season. It was evident during his freshman campaign at LSU. On Thursday, the tight ends, wide receivers and running backs were all working together during position drills. Gilbert made an impressive grab in stride and flew down the sidelines.
The first-team offensive line was as-is: Broderick Jones (LT), Xavier Truss (LG), Sedrick Van Pran (Center), Devin Willock (RG) and Warren McClendon (RG). I did see Willock and Warren Ericson rotating in and out at the right guard position. Rising sophomore Amarius Mims also got two reps at left tackle during position drills.
Towards the end of the media viewing period, Australian freshman Brett Thorson was punting during special teams drills. The specialist definitely had some short kicks; however, he was punting from about midfield, but put some hang-time under them. He was wearing the No. 99 jersey during special teams drills.
As far as wide receivers go, Jackson Meeks really impressed me with an over-the-shoulder grab towards the sideline. Marcus Rosemy=Jacksaint, Ladd McConkey, Adonai Mitchell and a few other receivers were also catching passes. I did notice that both CJ Smith and Arian Smith were in a black non-contact jerseys.
Running backs Kendall Milton, Daijun Edwards, Kenny McIntosh and Branson Robinson were all seen rotating taking handoffs from quarterbacks Carson Beck and Brock Vandagriff. In another drill, both quarterbacks, plus senior Stetson Bennett were throwing fade routes to each of the four running backs.
I did see freshman quarterback Gunner Stockton jogging off the field during a drill. He had a couple of overthrows when participating in a drill where the quarterbacks were taking a three-step drop, and dumping the ball off to a running back in the backfield.
Towards the end of the media viewing period, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said over the intercom to AD Mitchell: “If you don’t hit 19 MPH on the GPS, we’re running (more) after practice. Let’s go! There’s no walking on my damn field. I’m not having it today.”