The University of Georgia football team held practice at the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall sports complex in Athens, Georgia on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. (Photo/Tony Walsh)

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Georgia football held its third open practice of the week on Wednesday, with the media able to view approximately 12 minutes of practice. Here are some observations from The Red & Black.


Starting left tackle Andrew Thomas was once again not seen in drills with the offensive line. Thomas suffered an ankle sprain during Saturday’s game against South Carolina. True freshman Cade Mays, who replaced Thomas on Saturday, was taking first-team reps at left tackle once again on Wednesday.

On the second-team offensive line, senior Kendall Baker was working as the new backup left tackle, as he has this week, along with left guard Jamaree Salyer, center Trey Hill, right guard Netori Johnson and right tackle Justin Shaffer.

The wide receivers were running some routes with the quarterbacks during the open period of practice. Senior Terry Godwin, who returned to live action Saturday against South Carolina after missing the opener with an injury, remained on the second team, as he is listed on the depth chart.

Juniors Tyler Simmons and Riley Ridley were the first-team receivers on the outside. Each were split out wide with a quarterback throwing them a pass. Jake Fromm worked with Simmons, while Justin Fields threw to Ridley.

Godwin and senior Jayson Stanley were the second-team receivers on the outside, while Ahkil Crumpton and Mecole Hardman were the first two slot receivers up.


Georgia was working some of its sub packages on defense during the open period of practice Wednesday.

One formation featured six defensive backs. Starting cornerbacks Deandre Baker and Tyson Campbell were on the outside with William Poole at the “star” position and sophomore Mark Webb as the fourth cornerback, also known as the “money,” position. Junior Tyrique McGhee, who returned from a foot fracture on Saturday, was not a part of the formation but was at practice.

The second-team cornerbacks on the outside were redshirt freshman Eric Stokes and sophomore Ameer Speed.

Also in the formation as the first-team inside linebackers were Juwan Taylor and Monty Rice. Senior Natrez Patrick started on Saturday against South Carolina but the Bulldogs have used a four-man rotation at the position that also includes Tae Crowder.

Senior defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter, who played against South Carolina but dealt with an ankle injury last week, was not seen wearing any form of brace on his ankle, as he did last week. Ledbetter said after the game Saturday that his ankle felt good and that he did not feel hampered by the injury. 

Editor's NoteAn earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the years of multiple Georgia players. The story has since been corrected. The Red & Black regrets this error. 

This article originally ran on redandblack.com.


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