One of the many great things about living in Athens is that in the midst of a pretty busy weekend I can walk from home down to the stadium, take in a public practice game and be back home in just a little over two hours. Hale and the Senator have pretty good rundowns of what we saw and what we didn’t see. Without repeating too much of what they’ve already covered, here were some of my thoughts during and after the scrimmage Saturday.
Starting with the atmosphere it was a beautiful day to be at a football game. And the size of the crowd seemed to indicate that as popular opinion. I really didn’t expect a huge turnout for G Day this year, but over half of the lower bowl was full. And in a rather boring scrimmage that crowd stayed pretty engaged. The interest in the success of the QBs and defense really kept people’s attention, I think.
Sitting in the shade in Sanford Stadium sure is nice too. Yesterday was actually the first time I’ve ever sat on the side of the stadium behind the Georgia bench. I’ve taken in games from the other side, both end zones and even the 600s, but somehow never made it over there. Come the first weekend in September I’m sure I’ll wish I was back.
As for the two primary foci of the day- the defense was more bland than I could have ever imagined and the QBS looked strongest to weakest in the exact opposite order I would have expected.
I knew Grantham wasn’t going to debut any blitz packages in a televised scrimmage, but my goodness was that basic. There were actually four down lineman more often than not. And I won’t be surprised if we see only a bit more against UL-L in the first game of the fall. I’m sure the coaches will contain as much as possible for those early tests against South Carolina and Arkansas.
I REALLY wish Mettenberger had been given a series or two going against the first team defense. With the serious lack of depth at OLB Mett faced almost no pressure. But he does throw a beautiful ball. Any throw under 30 yards has almost no arc to its path. He really threaded the needle into tight spots too. We obviously didn’t see the other 14 practices, but I wonder if he wouldn’t be the clear No. 1 if not for the arrest.
If I could give any two players immunity to injury for this season it would be Justin Houston and Cornelius Washington. The immediate success of this defense may rely more on their production at OLB than anywhere else. Even in the watered down schemes we saw at G Day they were always in the backfield. And the cupboard is bare behind them. Don’t be surprised to see one of them as defensive MVP at the end of the 2010 season.
The DBs turned to find that ball!! I almost jumped out of my seat the first time I noticed it.
If Mett were to win the job for the fall during camp in August and hold the spot all season do you think Murray would stay at UGA? He’d still have two years to play after sitting a year out and you have to think he’d have decent options given his abilities. Just a thought…
As thin as we are at WR I hope Logan Gray willingly moves over there after he doesn’t win the QB race.
You could see noticeable change in the frames of Washaun Ealy, Orson Charles and especially Kwame Geathers. Big No. 99 was looking pretty good out there.
All in all the scrimmage was about what I expected. I probably would have predicted more points. It was a good appetizer. We got a taste of what this team could do. There’s still lots left to see. It doesn’t have the feel of a great team right now, but it appears to be a good one and a good team might win the division this year.