UGA Football Spring Practice Preview: 3 Storylines To Watch

    UGA football spring practice preview for 2017. Here are three storylines to watch when the Bulldogs hit the field on March 21.

    March 17, 2017

    UGA football spring practice preview for 2017. Here are three storylines to watch when the Bulldogs hit the field on March 21.

    Goodbye, honeymoon period. Expectations are now high for Kirby Smart in his second season in charge of Georgia, as the Bulldogs return a lot of talent on both sides of the ball and are prime for a run at the SEC Championship.

    There are some questions that still need to be answered, though, and it doesn’t all involve the health of returning star running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. The wide receiver corps is vastly inexperienced and the defensive front needs to improve. The SEC East is there for the taking, and nothing short of a trip to Atlanta will be seen as a successful season.

    As the Bulldogs start spring practice on March 21, here are three storylines to watch for leading up to G-Day on April 22.

    Georgia Spring Practice Storylines

    1. Development of Eason

    Eason was thrown into the fire immediately as a true freshman in 2016, throwing for 2,430 yards and 16 touchdowns while being intercepted eight times. Now, the kid must become a man and take control of the offense.

    It starts with accuracy. A 55.1 passing percentage is good for a freshman, but for the Dawgs to become a threat down the field, that will have to improve. Georgia finished 97th in pass offense last season, and some of that has to do with the fact that Chubb and Michel are so explosive they can take over a game, but Eason has to be better if Georgia wants to take the next step.

    Which leads us to …

    2. Who Will Catch The Ball?

    Isaiah McKenzie, who led the Dawgs with 633 receiving yards and seven touchdown catches last season declared for the NFL Draft, leaving a big void for Eason at the No. 1 receiver option. A player expected to step up is Terry Godwin, who could fill that role. Eason and Godwin will need to click, and that means being on the same page at all times. Spring practice is a good time to gel.

    Besides Godwin, Riley Ridley showed some promise last season before an injury, but his status for the spring is up in the air after being arrested this past weekend on marijuana charges.

    Who else could Eason get some reps with? Javon Wims could be a target, but fans should look out for Jeremiah Holloman, an early enrollee who could be the next big receiver in Athens.

    No matter who it is, Eason must find a rhythm with more than one of his teammates so he has multiple options when the game is on the line.

    3. Toughness Up Front

    How long will Trenton Thompson, who took a leave of absence for an undisclosed medical attention, be out? That will be a huge story all of spring and possibly heading into the fall, but for now, there are players that will get some extra reps and an opportunity to impress. One of them is senior John Atkins, who could be primed for a breakout season.

    There could be some noise made by Julian Rochester and Daquan Hawkins-Muckle as well in Thompson’s absence. If one or more of them step up, the Dawgs will be set in the trenches.

    MORE: SEC Football Predictions, Storylines For 2017 Season


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