Georgia opens spring practice on March 16 to begin preparations for the 2021 college football season. With a standout defense and the emergence of JT Daniels at quarterback, the Bulldogs are among the favorites to win the national championship next year. Coach Kirby Smart’s team watched its streak of three consecutive East Division titles fall to Florida last season, but Georgia should be favored over the Gators to reclaim the top spot in the East.
Spring practice is the first step in the process of sorting through any open position battles or addressing concerns for all 130 college football teams for 2021. While spring practice viewing is limited, keep an eye on updates for these players as Georgia gets ready for the upcoming year:
Georgia Football: 5 Players to Watch in 2021 Spring Practice
QB JT Daniels
Daniels provided an instant spark to Georgia’s offense last season. Over the last four games (with Daniels as the starter), the Bulldogs averaged 37.3 points a contest. Prior to that stretch, Georgia was averaging 29 points a game. The USC transfer completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 1,231 yards and 10 touchdowns and connected on eight passes of 40-plus yards. This spring is a good opportunity for Daniels and a promising group of receivers to take the next step in their development.
CB Kelee Ringo
The Bulldogs have to replace five key members of last year’s secondary, including cornerbacks Eric Stokes, Tyson Campbell and D.J. Daniel. Look for Ringo to be a part of the solution after arriving in Athens as the No. 1 cornerback recruit in the 2020 signing class. The Arizona native did not play last year due to injury but is on track to participate in some capacity this spring.
OL Jamaree Salyer
Where does Salyer line up in 2021? He started nine games at left tackle before shifting to guard in the Peach Bowl win over Cincinnati. Salyer played in 663 overall snaps and excelled at blocking for the run or in pass protection. This spring is all about sorting out whether or not Salyer should stay at left tackle or kick inside to guard. True freshman Amarius Mims, Xavier Truss and Broderick Jones could end up at left tackle if the coaching staff decides Salyer is a better fit at guard.
LB Channing Tindall/Quay Walker
Inside linebacker will look a little different in 2021 with Monty Rice out of eligibility. Nakobe Dean is slated to start at one spot, but he’s sidelined this spring, leaving Tindall and Walker to get plenty of reps. Walker recorded 43 stops in 10 games last fall, while Tindall registered 15.
TE Darnell Washington
Looking for a breakout candidate at tight end this year? Washington is a good candidate for that category. The Nevada native caught seven passes for 166 yards last fall and seemed to make more noise as the year progressed. He grabbed two receptions for 61 yards against Missouri on Dec. 12, followed by a three-catch performance for 46 yards against Cincinnati in the Peach Bowl.
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