ATHENS - Georgia is holding its second spring practice Thursday afternoon, under pretty much perfect conditions, two days after opening in cold and drizzly conditions.
Unfortunately, there's not too much to pass along, as the media viewing period was very short. (More on that later). But here is what could be observed:
- The four players arrested on Monday are still practicing.
- The first-team offensive line remained the same as Tuesday. From left to right: John Theus, Mark Beard, David Andrews, Brandon Kublanow, Kolton Houston. The second team, which appeared to be just for the sake of the drill, included redshirt freshman Aulden Bynum and Xzavier Ward. Other offensive linemen were working on special teams.
- Here were the six players working with Kevin Sherrer, the new defensive assistant who officially is coaching outside linebackers: Leonard Floyd, Jordan Jenkins, Davin Bellamy, Shaun McGee, Johnny O'Neal and Tommy Long (a walk-on).
- A.J. Turman was getting second-team work at tailback. Brendan Douglas was getting second-team work on Tuesday.
- And that's what we have for now. The team appears to have become much more restrictive in general this spring. The media viewing period has shrunk to just two periods, totaling eight minutes on Thursday, and with three minutes left UGA sports communications officials ordered media members to start heading towards the exits.
The secrecy is a bit surprising considering it's only spring practice. Florida and South Carolina are among the programs that have their spring practices open to not only the media but also the public.
In the long run, it's the public that misses out here if the media isn't able to do its job. Hopefully the situation will improve, but if not less media access ultimately means less stories.