Buck’s G-Day Preview – BY BUCK BELUE

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FILE – Georgia coach Kirby Smart calls plays from the field during the NCAA college football team’s G Day at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., Saturday, April 22, 2017. (John Roark/ AP File Photo)

April 14, 2021 –
680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – So, what should you be looking for at G-Day on Saturday? I’ve been thinking about this and have some ideas on what Bulldog players to check out.

The Cornerback Position should be at the top of your list. There is a lot of young talent that we haven’t had a chance to check out yet. And the list is long.

Kelee Ringo (5), Jalen Kimber (6), Nyland Green (1) and Lovasea Carroll (12) are all young corners competing for playing time. This is a big day for all of them. Also, get a look at senior Ameer Speed (9), who is in a position to claim one of these CB jobs.

Coach Kirby Smart needs to find some answers at cornerback before the Clemson game shows up. No time to waste.

The Left Offensive Tackle Position is another area of concern. Clemson will line up some “monsters” on the defensive line opposite the left tackle spot, so Coach Matt Luke needs to get this figured out quickly.

I’ll be focused on both Xavier Truss (73) and Broderick Jones (59) at G-Day. I know Salyer can play. But how close is Jones to being ready? And has Truss improved? I also want to give Amarius Mims (65), the star recruit, an eye test. J.T. Daniels and the rest of us are anxious to see this competition play out.

Obviously, with George Pickens down with a knee injury, the receivers will be highly scrutinized. And they should be.

The Wide Receiver Position features two young talents we haven’t had the opportunity to see yet.

Justin Robinson (9) and Adonai Mitchell (5) are both blessed with an extra long catch radius and playmaking skills, at the X-WR spot. J.T. Daniels is hoping one or both emerge as legit options outside the numbers, sort of like Pickens.

Warning: it will be hard to keep your eyes off #0, tight-end Darnell Washington, who reportedly has taken a big step forward this off-season. He will play a role in replacing Pickens too. This guy is a beast and a mismatch, at 6’7” 280 pounds. The ball needs to go his way.

Speaking of spinning it, I’m looking forward to seeing J. T. Daniels too. J.T. played some awesome football in those four games last season, which has me believing he will play at an even higher level this season.

But I’m also excited to see the other quarterbacks.

It will be the first chance to examine quarterbacks Carson Beck (15) and Brock Vandagriff (12), who are sure to get some reps in the scrimmage. This will be the beginning stage of their competition to replace Daniels when he exits.

Yes, I understand this is a lot of keep track of…but take a check list if you need to. We’ll talk about these young pups later!

Heads up: 680 The Fan has a special Buck Belue College Football Today Show scheduled for Saturday, from 10:00-12:20 live from Sanford Stadium. I’ll be joined by Brian Hoyt and Adam “Road Dawg” Gillespie.

One more thing: My new podcast “Buck’s Beat” features legendary Bulldog quarterback David Greene this week and we talk about G-Day, J.T. Daniels, replacing Pickens and his Good Ole Days at UGA. You can find Episode 11 where ever you get your podcasts, or you can also find it at thepodcastpark.com . Remember to like and subscribe.

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