With the season-opening matchup against Clemson just over a week away, pieces are falling into place for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Here's an update on the conclusion of fall camp and the Dawgs' latest practices.
Georgia Secondary Taking Shape
According to Nick Suss of The Red & Black, three newcomers are poised to start in defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt's renovated secondary. Damian Swann, as expected, will occupy one starting cornerback position, but now details have emerged regarding the other positions as well.
Junior college transfer Shattle Fenteng will line up at cornerback opposite Swann. Known for his combination of both size and speed, Fenteng has been in contention for this starting spot since arriving in Athens.
J.J. Green was expected by many to be the starter at the star position after switching sides of the ball (he was a running back in 2013), but true freshman Dominick Sanders received the first-team snaps at the position on Tuesday.
Get to know the name of DB Aaron Davis. The redshirt freshman has been gaining a lot of favor with Pruitt. Tough kid. pic.twitter.com/duQq6r8aoB— Jake Reuse (@ReuseRecruiting) August 6, 2014
Farther from the line of scrimmage, Aaron Davis, a redshirt freshman walk-on, is set to start at safety. Davis, of course, broke out under Pruitt during spring practice and played well at both the cornerback and safety positions.
Corey Moore, an on-and-off starter last season, will start at the other safety position.
New Tight Ends Impressing
As Jay Rome continues to battle health concerns, a couple of new tight ends are turning heads.
Quayvon Hicks, a former fullback, has been focusing more on tight end than fullback and H-back as of late (per Seth Emerson of Macon's Telegraph) and freshman Jeb Blazevich is acquitting himself nicely at the collegiate level.
If healthy, Rome is still the starter. His combination of size, athleticism and experience could make him a potent threat downfield. Ideally, he gets the opportunity to earn his keep, but Hicks also gets chances in select packages.
The Offensive Line, as of Now
Currently the first- and second-team offensive line units look as follows:
|Position||1st String||2nd String|
|Left Tackle||John Theus||Mark Beard|
|Left Guard||Brandon Kublanow||Isaiah Wynn|
|Center||David Andrews||Glenn Welch|
|Right Guard||Greg Pyke||Dyshon Sims|
|Right Tackle||Kolton Houston||Watts Dantzler|
Adding Spice to Return Game
Georgia coaches and players alike have been impressed thus far with freshman wide receiver and return specialist Isaiah McKenzie.
Punter Collin Barber told Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald that McKenzie's athleticism and quickness is "amazing." He added, "That dude has God-given talent, man, to field balls and scramble the way he can."
Richt went so far as to tell Weiszer that McKenzie was right in the mix to return both kicks and punts in the season opener. "He's a heavy consideration in the return game," the head coach offered.
Georgia hasn't had a consistent threat like that since Brandon Boykin departed following the 2011 season.
A Rare Practice
Georgia opened up Tuesday's practice to the media and students, which is certainly an oddity. For a full hour fans were able to pour into Sanford Stadium and get an early look at the 2014 Georgia Bulldogs.
Sam McKinstry, a junior at the university, was one of countless Bulldog loyalists who took advantage of the rare opportunity. McKinstry was enthused by the afternoon, saying, "It was great being back Between the Hedges." He added that the open access further cemented why Richt is his "Dawg."
Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.