ATHENS -- Georgia running backs coach Thomas Brown sure seems to love his job.
Over the first two practices, Brown has been very active on the practice field when teaching his players through drills. When backs such as Sony Michel and Brendan Douglas got through agility drills without a mishap he was quick to praise them. If a runner stuttered too much or flat-out stopped, Brown would immediately instruct him what to change.
Georgia is stacked at the running back position could get better under Brown. Brown has quickly gained a lot of respect nationally at his job after coaching Melvin Gordon to a Heisman Trophy runner-up campaign with Wisconsin in 2014. Gordon ran for 2,587 yards and 32 total touchdowns a year ago, with Georgia making the offer to bring Brown back to Athens.
Brown played at Georgia from 2004-2007 and is the fifth-leading rusher in program history with 2,646 career yards.
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Speaking of Michel
Michel has noticeably added some muscle to his frame. Last year, he was a quick and agile option compared to Nick Chubb's power style. Michel looks to have a mixture of both now.
For Michel, avoiding injuries will be key. A shoulder injury sidelined him for five games a year ago and forced him to miss all of spring practice.
Lambert limits mistakes
On Tuesday, quarterback Greyson Lambert didn't get off to a great start. For the three periods of practice open to reporters Wednesday, he had a much better outing.
Lambert looked sharp when throwing both the quick slant and out passes. However, none of the quarterbacks through against coverage. Though he has a strong arm, it does appear Lambert has similar issues to quarterback Brice Ramsey, in that once plays develop 20 yards down the field, accuracy becomes a concern.
Ramsey's arm strength, Bauta stays steady
Though a couple of balls sailed, Ramsey showed off his arm strength once again. His quick release and delivery will make it tough for the coaching staff to pick one of the other two options.
Then again, Faton Bauta was his steady self. He can do everything Hutson Mason did a year ago. So if the Bulldogs opt for a game-manager type, Bauta could fill that role. His ability to run the ball with the read-option could help open up some passing plays for him too.
Cornerback Shattle Fenteng had some nice plays during receiver/defensive back drills.
On one particular play, Fenteng locked up receiver Malcolm Mitchell and wouldn't let him break free. The junior Loganville native only played one game a year ago but could be in the mix for a spot in Jeremy Pruitt's secondary.
However, this must have occurred after defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt yelled at him, which was reported by the AJC's Seth Emerson. I wasn't there when this happened, but Emerson said Pruitt yelled, "Everyone always wants to know: Why doesn’t Shattle play? Come to practice!” I must have arrived to the WR/DB station after this because Fenteng seemed fine when I saw him. Maybe the message was received.
Michael Chigbu, Jayson Stanley draw praise
Though it was against a defensive back down the depth chart, freshman receiver Michael Chigbu displayed some quickness off of the line of scrimmage by beating his man and racing off down the field in man-to-man drills.
Freshman receiver Jayson Stanley also had a nice route that beat freshman defensive back Juwuan Briscoe. This resulted in a loud congratulations from an assistant coach.