UGA practice report: Bulldogs inside for a Tuesday workout

Georgia practiced inside its indoor practice facility on Tuesday afternoon without two notable injured players.

 

Not a surprise, but cornerback Malkom Parrish (broken bone in the foot) and quarterback Jacob Eason (sprained left knee) were not spotted at practice.

Eason is out indefinitely. He was using a walking cane Saturday inside Notre Dame Stadium.

Parrish appears likely to miss his third straight game since injuring the foot in the preseason. Given the Bulldogs play Samford Saturday, it would be safe to assume injured players would get an extra week to recover even if they were close to returning.

Other observations from about nine minutes or so of media viewing:

—Noticed wide receiver Terry Godwin, who made a spectacular one-handed grab against Notre Dame for a touchdown, snatching another ball with just his left hand during a drill without any defender.

Wide receivers coach James Coley told him: “Two hands on that ball.”

—Freshman Mark Webb, who moved from wide receiver to defensive back, was working with the cornerbacks on Tuesday.

“We obviously have had concerns with injuries at that position,” coach Kirby Smart said after practice Tuesday. “And we have a little more depth at receiver. He’s been making plays on special teams. He tackles people. He played corner in high school. It’s not necessarily permanent. But he’s done a really good job. I really think he’s got a bright future there. We’ll sit down and revisit it when the time comes to see what he really wants to do. He originally wanted to play receiver, but I never really met a more selfless kid who said, It don’t matter coach I just want to play. He’s playing. He’s playing on kick return, kickoff coverage, kickoff return. So he’s a valuable asset that we felt like if AD (Aaron Davis) didn’t improve and get well, Malkom we don’t know when he’s getting back for sure. Things are looking better and better with him. We just didn’t have enough guys. So we moved him over there. And to be honest with you he’s been a really pleasant surprise.”

His move to defense wasn’t noticed by reporters until an updated roster Saturday listed him as a defensive back.

Smart had this to say about that in poking fun at the media: “Lemme say this first: I’m very disappointed in you guys. He’s been there for two weeks. I really don’t know where you guys have been. So I’ve been a little bit shocked. We didn’t try to hide it. We didn’t move him around in individual. We didn’t put him in a black jersey. I kept asking (SID) Claude (Felton): What are these guys doing? Then it shocked me that y’all got it in the game and it came by way of a, I guess, a roster announcement or something. We probably shouldn’t have done that, y’all still wouldn’t have known.”

—If Georgia gets a comfortable lead on Samford Saturday, backup quarterback Brice Ramsey should get another chance to get some real game reps after his two interception showing against Appalachian State in the opener.

He was on target on three passes I saw on air (no defender) to Ahkil Crumpton over the middle, Javon Wims 15 yards down field and Riley Ridley near the sideline.

 

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