After a little beauty rest, the DawgNation writers took a look back at Saturday's G-Day game and put together some overall impressions of the final spring scrimmage. Here are their takeaways:
David Ching: My impression of G-Day is about what I would have expected beforehand. The starting defense controlled things for the most part when that was the goal, and things opened up more as coaches swapped around lineups in an effort to get everyone on the field (and on film).
In particular, I enjoyed seeing more of the redshirt freshmen I've been writing about this spring, including Jay Rome, Devin Bowman, Christian LeMay and Justin Scott-Wesley. I also enjoyed watching the various quarterbacks attempting to lead drives, as that will be a storyline to watch well into the season. Hutson Mason looked great on a couple of series, and I thought LeMay had two or three drives where he made some excellent throws.
It wasn't a particularly spotless game, but most spring games have their share of mistakes. I also observed that the running game still has a ways to go before it will strike fear in a good defense's heart. But overall, it was an entertaining game and we saw a great number of pieces who can make Georgia a formidable team this fall.
Radi Nabulsi: While the offensive line is still a work in progress, I was impressed with the effort exhibited by the running backs. Isaiah Crowell, Ken Malcome and Richard Samuel might have only combined for 114 yards but they ran with power and potency. Samuel and Malcome had some pops that I am sure left some ugly bruises on the defenders. Scott-Wesley had a good day and showed his wheels, while Jay Rome continued his knack for making acrobatic catches.
Defensively, I thought that starters picked up where they left off last season. It was the backups that impressed me Saturday. Cornelius Washington and Ray Drew looked formidable on the line in their new roles. The thought of those two joining John Jenkins, Abry Jones, Kwame Geathers and the touchdown-scoring Garrison Smith should get Georgia fans excited about the fall. T.J. Stripling saw his first significant action since his injury at Colorado and flashed that speed rush that makes him so disruptive. I was also impressed with Ramik Wilson -- and not just because of his interception. The Bulldogs’ defense can also score.
Kipp Adams: To me, G-Day is the culmination of the most successful spring in recent memory in terms of UGA recruiting, with 12 commits in the Class of 2013 and two Class of 2014 commits, and several others leaning to the Bulldogs heading into the evaluation period. Looking at immediate returns from G-Day, obviously the two commitments stick out. Adding a talented athlete in Reggie Wilkerson (Citron, Fla./North Marion) at a position of need like cornerback, especially one that plans to enroll early, is huge for the Bulldogs in this class. Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) has emerged as a big-time receiver in the 2014 class, so securing an early commitment from another prospect at a dominant program like Sandy Creek is always a good thing.