ATHENS, GA (WTVM) – Spring is here and along with it comes spring practice. Tuesday, the Georgia Bulldogs kicked off the first of many sessions in Athens.
One of the big differences is just continuity, last year they weren't sure what to expect.
There might be some more comfort in knowing how things work and the expectations of coach Kirby Smart.
However, they don't want to get too comfortable. Kirby said he wants to change things up a bit this year to battle complacency.
Last year the Dawgs had a lot of young starters— freshmen and sophomores like Jacob Eason that now have a year under their belt.
Coach Smart doesn't want that year of experience to bring out comfort… he wants them to stay hungry this spring.
"We don't want them sitting there being comfortable at all. We want to challenge our players, especially the ones we've got returning because my biggest fear is a guy thinking that it's ok because I started, I did enough, I'm not hungry. They should be hungry, they should be motivated to win games, to win the East, to be the best player they can be. You're motivated by that, not the flip side of I've already played, I've kind of arrived. We don't have anybody on this team that should have arrived," said Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart.
Coach Smart emphasized that no job is set in stone right now so Nick Chubb and Sony Michel may duke it out for the top running back spot.
Even Jacob Eason might find himself fighting for his job this spring
One other note from today's press conference: Coach Smart said wide receiver Riley Ridley will face internal discipline for his arrest earlier this month involving marijuana possession.
No word on what that will be or if it includes a suspension, all this on just day one of spring ball only been two months but I'm sure a lot of folks missed football while it was gone.