Georgia Ready to Taste Spring Football Again
College football continues to slowly get back to normal with spring practices starting for the Georgia Bulldogs this week. The Dawgs doing the shuffle — in positioning and coaching. News 12’s Angela Moryan breaks down everything you need to know about Georgia’s first week back.
Said punter Jake Camarada: “First day of practice was awesome. You know, it’s just great to be back out here. You know, we didn’t have spring last year.”
No one needs a reminder of how the college football preseason went — or rather didn’t go — last year. Now, it’s back to normal — and really, back to the drawing board, after getting thrown into the 2020 season with little preparation.
Said head coach Kirby Smart: “I mean, they’re just light years away from what they were. We didn’t have this last year, so I can’ even answer that question. We didn’t know who we were. We had no identity. We didn’t know who JT Daniels was right now. We’re a lot different offensively. They’re doing things that we weren’t doing until like halfway through the season last year, and they’re doing lots of them.”
The extra time has given quarterback JT Daniels time to build relationships with his receivers.
Said Smart: “He’s a really good leader and I think that the fact that he’s come back, he’s had a little more time. He never got a chance to really know these guys. I mean, we showed up in COVID. Then he wasn’t playing. Then he was playing. Then the year was over. So he’s just now kind of embracing the relationship with those guys.”
The Dawgs are also embracing the idea of former South Carolina coach Will Muschamp around the facilities. Smart hired his former Georgia teammate as an analyst.
Said Camarada: “Probably took me about a day to get used to it, but Coach Muschamp’s awesome. We love having him here.”
Said Smart: “I like a lot having him out here. I like having him in the meetings. It’s not the skill set of coaching. He’s certainly a confident coach and very competent. Just for me, I know he’s done things a lot of different ways. You’re out there and there are drills going on, you can ask, ‘Did y’all do this? What do you think about this? Is there a better way?’ It’s helpful. It breeds confidence.”
Georgia puts pads on for the first time Saturday — which is when Smart says he’ll really get a feel for where the team is at.