Georgia was without running back Sony Michel during Wednesday's bye week practice.
Following last Saturday's 9-6 win over Missouri, head coach Mark Richt did say Michel was banged up and dealing with some minor injuries. Michel said he was experiencing groin and hip tightness early in the game.
With Georgia looking to rest its contributors, there were other no-shows at practice, which included defensive linemen James DeLoach and John Atkins. Atkins, who Richt said has a turf toe injury, was not seen wearing a protective boot earlier in the day but was not on the practice field. Jordan Jenkins and Leonard Floyd were absent among the linebackers. Tight end Jay Rome wasn't present for practice either.
Wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie was back and not wearing a green non-contact jersey. Nose tackle Chris Mayes returned after being hindered by a knee issue the past few days. Fullback Christian Payne, who had been hindered by a leg injury, was also practicing. Wide receiver Terry Godwin, meanwhile, participated but was in a non-contact jersey.
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No set order at quarterback
Perhaps it’s a product of the bye week, but Georgia’s quarterbacks did not follow the assumed depth chart during drills.
Greyson Lambert, who has started each game for Georgia this season, was not the first behind center on Wednesday. The order was shifted around to give Lambert, sophomore Brice Ramsey and junior Faton Bauta a chance to work with different receivers. In watching the quarterbacks throw, all three had difficulty maintaining any sort of consistency with their passes.
Receivers working on blocking
In a bye week, it’s important for a team to perfect areas that were lackluster earlier in the year. For Georgia’s wide receivers, that meant zeroing in on their blocking.
While it doesn’t show up in the box score from last week’s win over Missouri, the Bulldogs saw several big-play opportunities on wide receiver screens go to the wayside because of lackluster technique. To improve upon this, wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon put his players through a drill and critiqued what he saw.
The drill began with the receivers getting low to pass under a red bar then hitting a stationary teammate on the other side in order to make a sound block. McClendon was quick to sound off on what he saw as poor technique. He emphasized staying low in the drill and not lunging at the defender waiting on the other side.
“You’ve got to initiate!” McClendon yelled towards his players.