UGA practice observations: First crack at first-team offensive line, handful of non-contact jerseys

The Georgia Bulldogs were on the practice field for the first time this fall, as they began fall practice on Thursday afternoon.

It was a hot one for the first day, with players only helmets to start things off. Head coach Kirby Smart though was in midseason form, barking at players who seemed to be adjusting to heat and intensity.

Below are some observations made in the 15 minutes of viewing the media was granted at practice:

  • First team offensive line was a bit of surprise, as Devin Willock got the nod at left guard and Tate Ratledge at right guard. Broderick Jones was at left tackle, Warren McClendon at right tackle and Sedrick Van Pran at center. Ratledge’s status will be worth monitoring throughout camp, as Smart said as much as his press conference on Thursday: “He’s worked really hard at his conditioning,” Smart said. “Ron feels like he’s in a position where what we did in summer training would have been tougher on him coming off the injury than actual football practice. So the football practice piece should relieve some of that. Now, the strain and effort to push off and double teams, as we put on pads, may increase that. But he’s in a good spot.”

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