March 21, 2013

Practice observations

The Bulldogs were back in shells (helmets and shoulder pads) Thursday afternoon in what will be a warm-up to Saturday's first scrimmage of the spring at Sanford Stadium.

"We'll go in the Stadium and that will get them revved up a little bit," head coach Mark Richt said prior to practice. "It's hard not to do play better when you're between the hedges and playing on our beautiful field but we know really and truly that scrimmage is as close to playing a real game as you can get. We're just trying to see who will get the job done for us and who can win a starting job, who can win playing time, who can prove to the coaching staff that they can become reliable and dependable.

"It's about watching the guys compete."

Getting guys to compete was something offensive coordinator Mike Bobo was attempting to do during the brief three five-minute sessions the media was allowed to watch.

Backup offensive lineman Greg Pyke drew offensive coordinator Mike Bobo's wrath during one sequence of events, drawing some chuckles from the 75 or so invited guests to Thursday's 20-period session.

In other items of note:

● Senior guard Dallas Lee is turning into arguably the biggest leader on the Bulldogs' offensive line.

Lee was seen keeping the rest of Georgia's offensive line in check during Thursday's session, apparently echoing something Richt had mentioned about him a little bit earlier.

"Dallas has done great. I see a different guy as far as what happens to a lot of seniors I've seen in the off-field program and the mat drill program," Richt said. "Instead of just working hard, surviving, he's not only trying to get better but he's trying to rally the guys around him to get better. I see new focus on him becoming a leader and that's what we need from him."

Trey Matthews continues to get looks with the first team at free safety.

● Middle linebacker Ramik Wilson appears to have found a home. Wilson and the rest of his position mates went through tackling technique drills, and Wilson received his share of praise from coach Kirk Olivadotti.