Georgia Spring Football Game: 5 Things That Matter
What do you need to know about what happened in the Georgia spring football game?
1. Welcome To The Quarterback Competition
Jacob Eason might be the SEC’s best pro prospect quarterback. He was thrown to the wolves as a true freshman, but showed the moxie, the arm, and the potential to grow into something truly special. However, Georgia coaches haven’t been shy about not squashing the idea of a quarterback battle with star recruit Jake Fromm.
Eason was fine in the spring game. He hit 16-of-36 passes for 311 yards with two scores and a pick. There were a few too many misfires, but he was solid overall and came up with plenty of deep plays.
But Fromm was stronger, hitting 14-of-23 passes for 277 yards and two scores, highlighted by a 70-yard scoring play to Tyler Simmons.
Eason is still the No. 1 guy, but the door is going to be open later this summer.
2. The Other Running Backs
If you want to see what Georgia’s running game would look like if Sony Michel and Nick Chubb had left early for the NFL – like they should’ve – this was it. Michel ran just once for four yards, while Chubb caught a pass for nine yards – they didn’t need to show anything.
Brian Herrien was stuff for just 18 yards on 11 carries, while Elijah Holyfield ran 15 times for 41 yards and a score, and Prather Hudson tore off 45 yards on seven carries. There’s talent, and now it all has to be developed even more – the less Chubb and Michel have to do, the better.
Still developing, too, is …
3. The Offensive Line
Everything else is in place to win the SEC East, but the O line needs some retooling and rebuilding with three starters done and the depth needing to be figured out.
While the talent was split up, for the Black team, Isaiah Wynn started at left tackle, Pat Allen at left guard, Lamont Gilliard moved over from guard to center, Solomon Kindley at right guard, and Dyshon Sims got the call at right tackle.
Why does this matter – especially if these are just names to you? The coaching staff is still tinkering. Sims might end up at left guard next to Wynn, and there’s still room for more work and playing if JUCO transfer D’Marcus Hayes has a great fall camp – he started at left tackle for the Red team.
4. What Georgia Fans Will Be A Wee Bit Concerned About Over The Summer When They Have Nothing Else To Be Concerned About
Is there any sort of an issue on field goals? Rodrigo Blankenship was more than fine as a freshman, hitting 14-of-18 attempts while hitting all 26 of his field goal attempts. But he was just a wee bit shaky on a few tries on Saturday. He was fine from inside the 40 – going 4-for-4 from 19, 28, 33 and 34 – but he missed from 40 and 49.
Deep balls were a positive for Blankenship last year – he went 4-of-7 from beyond 40 – but it would’ve bene nice if he hit everything on Saturday to slam the door shut on any potential kicker battle. He’s the guy, though.
5. The One Under-The-Radar Thing Big Ten Fans Should Probably Care About
The defense might still be looking for its STAR – the hybrid playmaker in Kirby Smart’s defense.
The hope was to see what key recruit Deangelo Gibbs could do – he’s the one who might turn into a superstar in the spot – but he was a bit banged up and limited, making just three tackles.
Aaron Davis got the start at the position for the Red team, and he answered with the game’s lone interception and two tackles. Meanwhile, Tyrique McGhee can play anywhere in the secondary, and he had his moments with five tackles and a broken up pass.
At the very least, Georgia has options for the key gig.