Spring practice is officially over for the Bulldogs as it was culminated on Saturday in the G-Day spring game. While spring games can sometimes be a head scratcher in terms of really reading into a team, there are several things that can be taken away from this game. Without further ado, let us dig in right now.
Jake Fromm is going to be a Future Star
Freshman early enrollee Jake Fromm made the most of his first spring game, as was the most impressive player of anyone on the field Saturday. The Warner Robins native went 14-for-23 passing for 277 yards and two touchdowns. The young signal caller looked comfortable, poised in the pocket and seemed to manage the offense well. The arm talent and accuracy is evident.
However, there is still no way he takes the job from Eason unless something unforeseen happens. Eason came out and seemed to struggle in the first half but seemed to settle down a bit as the game went onward. He finished with the most passing yards of the quarterbacks as he threw for 311 yards and two touchdowns on 16-of-36 passing.
Even with Eason ahead of him, Fromm shows that UGA can rest assure that they have a competent guy on the bench that can step up when called upon. At this point, Fromm looks like he could be really special for the Bulldogs down the road.
Georgia is Stacked at RB
Everyone knew that UGA was in a good place when it came to running back well before this game. However, the Bulldogs further flashed their depth at that position on Saturday. Elijah Holyfield was very impressive at times in the game as he finished with 49 yards rushing to lead both teams. Even walk-on running back Prather Hudson looked decent as well.
With Holyfield’s nice performance and good spring, it now appears that UGA has four very capable backs (Chubb, Michel, Herrien and Holyfield) right now. Add to that mix blue-chip prospect De’Andre Swift, and the Bulldogs have arguably the best running back corps in the entire country. It is going to be interesting how these guys perform this fall.
Terry Godwin is Poised for a Big Season
Terry Godwin has yet to consistently make the impact expected of him in Athens, as he was rated a 5-star prospect coming out of high school. However, Godwin is looking to take a major step towards being Eason’s main receiving weapon next season. He certainly stepped up in a big way on Saturday.
Godwin led both teams in receiving yards with 130 yards on five catches. Godwin will certainly be one of the favorites to be UGA’s No. 1 receiver along with Riley Ridley (kept out of the game because of an injury.) The receiving corps as a whole stepped up as Tyler Simmons and Javon Wims (among others) stood out as well.
5 catches, 119 yards, including a 70 yard touchdown for WR Tyler Simmons yesterday. pic.twitter.com/ZJPByKdhZk— UGA Football Live (@UGAfootballLive) April 23, 2017
It seems like UGA will spread the ball out to different guys this season, and the receiving corps seems to be in a better position than it was last year. Hopefully, that will prove to be the case this fall.
Richard LeCounte will get early Playing Time this Fall
Another early enrollee stood out in this game, but it was on the defensive side of the ball. Defensive back Richard LeCounte had himself a great game, as he led both teams in tackles with nine.
In his postgame press conference, head coach Kirby Smart commented on LeCounte leading the team in tackles.
“That’s not a good sign, but he has done that all spring. He’s a see ball, hit ball guy. I love coaching him, but I get so frustrated. I ask him the same question every day at the start of the meeting, and every day he gives me a different answer,” Smart said. “But what he does on the field, he runs fast, tries to hit you and wants to tackle. He likes playing football, and that’s what makes a good safety. He has to take care of his body and get a little bigger this offseason. I’m excited, and I think he’s going to be a great football player.”
Obviously, the learning curve still exists for the youngster, but LeCounte definitely shows promise.
The Offensive Line still a Work in Progress
This one is not surprising at all. The first team offensive line in particular struggled at times, as they gave up several sacks and could not consistently open up holes for Herrien. The unit has a long way to go, but they obviously have a lot of time to get better.
Credit some of the offensive line’s struggles with the play of the defensive line and the defense as a whole as well. Georgia should be just fine on that side of the ball next year. However, the secondary needs some work as the defensive backs got burned by several deep balls.
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The 2017 edition of the G-Day game is in the books, and it was (by and large) a good day for the Bulldogs. Smart summed the game up best.
“Overall, I was pleased with today. (I was) excited about the growth of our team. I really saw some players get better throughout the entire spring, so I was excited for that.”