Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Spring Practice - Day #1

Here are some notes from around the interweb on day 1 practice. This includes ramblinwreck.com, the AJC, Scout.com discussion boards, and other secret saucy sources:

  • Practiced in shorts and helmets. It appears they'll be in pads by Saturday.
  • Focus was fundamentals and basics of the new offensive and defensive schemes
  • Coach Johnson described the practice as "ragged", but "about what you'd expect".
  • Practice began with punt coverage drills.
  • Fast-paced practice, which was designed to keep participation at a high level. Not a lot of chances to stand around. Players had "extra" work to do when mistakes were made (drills, pushups, etc)
  • Coach PJ worked with offense almost exclusively. Focused on QB's , B-Backs and WR's. Very active in terms of teaching. Very hands-on.
  • Coach B.Bohannon said it will likely be 3-4 weeks into spring practice before the leaders in the QB race take shape.
  • Lots of passing today, although fairly ragged with the wind.
  • QB's worked on all the pitch drills, hand-offs, etc. Per AJC, Josh Nesbitt hasn't taken a snap under center since 10th grade. QB's getting a lot thrown at them, and trying to absorb it all.
  • Coach Charles Kelly worked with the CB's.
  • Coach Wommack worked with the safeties
  • Position changes.......... Dominique Reese practiced at safety, OT AJ Smith practiced at Guard (although partially because of being short on personnel), Greg Smith practiced at A-Back, Willie White practiced at safety, Dan Voss got time at Center (with Dunmon out today).
  • Injuries - Shane Bowen (shoulder), Cord Howard(foot), Jason Davis (foot), Brad Sellars(knee) will likely miss all of spring practice............. Andrew Smith (flu) and Trey Dunmon (flu) missed today.
  • Faces in the crowd...... KaMichael Hall, Gary Guyton, PJ Daniels, Joe Hamilton, Dan Radakovich, misc reporters, a signed recruit or two, and a good number of other coaches trying to learn a thing or two (Mark Richt was not one of them)