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Georgia will play its G-Day spring game on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET -- a game that will air live on SEC Network +. Here are five things to watch Saturday at Sanford Stadium:
Quarterback battle: This is the biggest story of the spring since the Bulldogs have not had a true quarterback competition since Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger squared off in the spring of 2010. It sounds like the pecking order is Brice Ramsey, Faton Bauta, Jacob Park entering G-Day, but how will the three quarterbacks look when they get between the hedges with an audience? New offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer still has months to arrive at a decision, but Ramsey (or one of the other contenders) could do him a big favor by solidifying a spot atop the depth chart sooner rather than later.
Mitchell, and then who, at receiver? The Bulldogs have high hopes that Malcolm Mitchell will finally stay healthy and claim his long-awaited spot as Georgia's No. 1 receiver. But who else is ready to take over the production lost following the departures of 2014 seniors Chris Conley and Michael Bennett? Justin Scott-Wesley seems like a strong candidate, but who else? The question seems difficult to answer as the Bulldogs await the arrival of blue-chip signee Terry Godwin this summer.
Inside linebacker battle: Amarlo Herrera and Ramik Wilson combined for 470 tackles and 51 out of a possible 52 starts over the last two seasons. With those 2014 seniors out of the picture, juniors Reggie Carter and Tim Kimbrough look like the next most experienced options. But inside linebackers coach Mike Ekeler has some other available options, including newcomer Jake Ganus -- UAB’s leading tackler in each of the last two seasons, totaling 163 tackles and 24.5 tackles for loss between 2013 and 2014 before the Blazers program was disbanded.
Who fills gaps at defensive back? Georgia lost the leader of its 2014 secondary, Damian Swann, but returns the core of last season’s collection of defensive backs. Will oft-injured Reggie Wilkerson take over as Swann’s replacement at nickelback? We’ll assume Quincy Mauger and Dominick Sanders remain the starting safeties, but who else will play when the Bulldogs shift into their regular defensive looks with at least five DBs on the field? Jeremy Pruitt has a few options now, and he’ll add a few more this summer when Georgia’s collection of recruits arrive on campus, but it will be intriguing on Saturday to see how Georgia’s defensive coordinator deploys his DBs.
Competition to replace Andrews: The battle to replace David Andrews at center is apparently ongoing, but talented sophomore Isaiah Wynn has been getting the first shots ahead of senior Hunter Long in the Bulldogs’ recent scrimmages. Wynn appeared in 11 games as a freshman, starting once, but he’ll have huge shoes to fill if he inherits the starting job from Andrews. The longtime starter was not just one of the leaders of Georgia’s line, but also of the entire team. Center is an incredibly important position, so keep an eye on how Wynn and Long acquit themselves when they’re on the field Saturday.
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