It was a perfect to get out and enjoy some spring football. Since it wasn’t packed there were also plenty of opportunities to get up close to the action. So, I marched up to the 50-yard line and enjoyed the game from seats I could really only dream about watching a regular season game from. I had the camera around the neck and got some nice shots of the action.
The 2009 G-Day game should be one of the best ever. The weather is looking perfect, admission is FREE and ESPN will be broadcasting live with Kirk Herbstreit and Brad Nessler calling the action. Paying attention recruits?
Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and kick-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
Tim Tucker of the AJC has a couple of good G-Day updates to share as we get closer to toe hitting leather. Outside of the bad news about the injury to Kris Durham, a couple of things in Tucker’s first G-Day post stood out.
You will see A.J. Green, and in more places than last year.
“I’m learning different sides. I’m sometimes on the short side. I’m in the slot sometimes,” the SEC’s leading receiver of 2008 said Monday. “I’m trying to extend my game to help me out and help my team.”
It’s kind of difficult to imagine A.J. Green being much better than he was last year. He seemed to catch everything thrown his way and was definitely the guy on the receiving corps that struck the most fear into opposing defenses. Now that he’s operating at 100% and has a better understanding of the offense, the sky is the limit. Life is good.
You’ll also probably get a glimpse of Fred Munzenmaier, the backup fullback the past two seasons, carrying the ball at tailback. He’s intrigued the coaches in recent practices at the position, and Richt expects him to get some tailback carries on G-Day.
Is anyone else thinking Verron Haynes? I know that’s putting the cart out about a mile before the horse but this is what I visualize when I hear about Munzenmaier lining up at TB.
Staying on the topic of TB… Carlton Thomas will be another one to watch.
He, by all accounts, has impressed teammates and coaches this spring.
“He’s a little bit like [former Bulldog] Tyson Browning,” Richt said, “because he’s not a real big guy and he can make people miss. He runs with more power than Tyson did. He’s not as fast as Tyson was, but the agility and change of direction [are] very similar. That’s probably the closest comparison to anybody we’ve had here or even at Florida State. He’s coming right along. He’s doing a nice job. Going to be a pretty good player.”
Will Caleb King end up being just another runner in a three man platoon? Will Logan Gray challenge Joe Cox? Will Murray challenge Gray for the No. 2 spot?
Many interesting story lines for Georgia fans to follow on G-Day. After all, this will be our last look at the Dawgs before they tackle the grueling 2009 schedule. Better enjoy.
Unless you’ve been comatose you’re aware that the Georgia Bulldogs began their spring practice yesterday. The spring session will culminate in the G-Day game on April 11 at 1:00pm. Admission is free this year to get a big crowd in for the live ESPN HD broadcast. If the weather is anything like it was today, look for the biggest G-Day crowd ever.
Spring gives us junkies something to talk about until the fall gets here and gives the coaches a look at what they have so things can be a little more sorted out by the time fall rolls around.
“We had an outstanding practice today,” Richt said. “There were some things from (Tuesday) that we talked about in the coaches meetings and to the team and I think we corrected all of them for the most part. The defense was leading us with their effort and enthusiasm and as a whole, I though we got better today.”
The top pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, Matthew Stafford, was has been in attendance to show support for his former teammates. Stafford is in town for the UGA Pro-Day tomorrow.
“It was weird seeing Matthew in the stands,” head coach Mark Richt said. “It was weird seeing Dannell Ellerbe just watching. It was weird for him and weird for us, too. But that’s just college football. You know after a certain amount of time, guys are gone and other guys have to rise to the occasion.”
The above quote is from David Hale’s epic recap of the first day of practice. David Hale has also joined the twittersphere! Follow David Hale’s updates @bulldogsblog.
The other area of intrigue will be seeing what kind of challenge Logan Gray will mount for the top spot on the QB depth chart. Conventional wisdom says Cox it is just Cox’s time but I think we’ll all know after the G-Day game if Gray is a threat to overtake Cox during the season or simple a “change of pace” guy.
What are you looking out for? One last thing I might add is which freshman QB gets PT this year and which one gets redshirted? The G-Day game may give us an early indication.