UGA preseason practice report day 20

Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason fires a ball in practice on Tuesday Aug. 22, 2017 (Marc Weiszer/Staff)

The Georgia football team was back on the practice field on a hot Tuesday afternoon.

 

There was no eclipse diversion for the players like the previous day when they put on special glasses to watch outside the Butts-Mehre building.

Wide receivers, who drew praise from coach Kirby Smart last week, went through a drill where they got whacked with a padded arm dummy while they ran routes and tried to catch the ball. Smart did the honors, including on freshman Mark Webb on one instance.

The results in the drill seemed mixed.

“If it hits you in the hands, you ought to catch the ball,” offensive coordinator Jim Chaney yelled out.

On the back end of the next open period, wide receivers went one-on-one with defensive backs defending balls going over their heads. The wide receivers had their way for the most part but Deandre Baker notably broke up a pair of passes to Webb and Javon Wims.

—Some other observations:

—There was some scuttlebutt that tailback Brian Herrien got banged up in Saturday’s scrimmage but he was spotted afterwards looking fine and was in regular practice jersey Tuesday and going through running back drills.

—The starting offensive line seems to be unchanged from Saturday’s scrimmage with Andrew Thomas still at right tackle. Freshman are working on the left side of the No. 2 offensive line with Isaiah Wilson at left tackle and Justin Shaffer at left guard.

—Still out injured: cornerback Malkom Parrish (foot) and long snapper Trent Frix (hamstring).

—Mike Tirico, who is calling the Georgia-Notre Dame game, was at practice along with others from NBC’s crew.

—Several NFL scouts were on hand including from the Rams, Chiefs and Texans.

 

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