Georgia Football: 5 Things We Learned from the Bulldogs' Spring Game
The Bulldogs are in their final week of spring practice before they break for the summer. Last Saturday, the Bulldogs took part in their annual spring game to show the fans an early look at the 2014 squad.
Like any spring game there were some good things to take away from the game, and there were some things the Bulldogs need to work on during preseason practice. The two practices after the spring game are beneficial because they give the coaches the opportunity to focus on some areas of weakness before the team takes some time off.
So here are five things we learned from the spring game.
The Defense Still Has Work to Do
Despite the returning starters and a new defensive coordinator, the defense still has a lot of work to do to get ready for the 2014 season.
No one expected vast improvements in the spring game because the defense was very vanilla. But the same issues that plagued the Bulldogs last year reappeared on G-Day.
The most glaring issues came in the secondary. Jeremy Pruitt will have some work to do during the summer because despite having talented players, they are still not playing up to their potential, which needs to be corrected during preseason practice.
Leonard Floyd Is a Monster
If there is one player to watch this season, it would have to be Leonard Floyd.
The sophomore linebacker tallied 6.5 sacks last season (which led the team), but he looked bigger, stronger and faster in the spring game. He did not have the stats, but he was chasing down offensive skill players and running over offensive linemen.
As athletic as some of the offensive skill players are, Floyd may be the most athletic player on the roster. And once he starts to learn the position, he will be a nearly impossible player to stop.
Watch out for A.J. Turman
If there’s another player to watch, it would have to be A.J. Turman.
There is no question Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley are the top running backs on the roster. But Turman can get the job done when his number is called. Turman scored twice and had 32 yards rushing and 20 yards receiving in the spring game.
He can run between the tackles and always keeps his feet moving. If he can continue the hard work during preseason practice, there will be a place for him in the deep running back rotation.
Don't Worry About Todd Gurley
Todd Gurley does not need to prove anything to anyone. But it was nice to see him make cuts and show explosion because that was missing the majority of the 2013 season due to injuries.
Gurley only carried the ball six times, but he looked like the Todd Gurley of 2012 every time he carried the ball.
The running back position is interesting because there will be at least five, maybe six players who could see some action in 2014. But Gurley is the best of the bunch, and if the Bulldogs want to go anywhere this year, Gurley will have to be the rock.
Hutson Mason Is Ready
But another player who will have to be on top of his game is Hutson Mason, and he looked as sharp as he ever has in the spring game.
Granted, it was only a glorified scrimmage, and he was going up against a defense that was very plain in coverage. But Mason looks more comfortable and has no issues making any throws that need to be made.
The backup quarterbacks have talent and will need to learn from Mason, because in 2015, Faton Bauta, Brice Ramsey or Jacob Park will take over. But it’s Mason’s team, and he will have no issues winning games for the Bulldogs in 2014.