WHEN: Saturday, 2 p.m.
WHERE: Sanford Stadium
TV/RADIO: SEC Network/Georgia Bulldog Radio Network
DAWG WALK: 1 p.m.
ADMISSION: Free, although fans are asked to make monetary donations to the Food Bank at the United Healthcare display from 11:00 a.m. until kickoff. Donations will be accepted at Gates 6 and 7 and outside at Gate 10 underneath the bridge.
For the second straight year, all eyes will be on the quarterbacks when Georgia holds its annual spring football game, affectionately known as G-Day, Saturday afternoon at Sanford Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 2 and the game will be televised on the SEC Network.
This time a year ago it was freshman Jacob Eason the sellout crowd of 93,000-plus came to see. Come Saturday, freshman Jake Fromm will make his debut.
Those attending will get to see plenty of both.
Eason will quarterback the first-team offense with the Black Team, while Fromm will quarterback the Red.
“It’s going to be the same as last year as both will go with their respective units and Sam (Vaughn) may go both ways on both sides,” head coach Kirby Smart said. “A little bit will depend on the score but we’re going to get Sam in the game because he’s done a good job. He may go one series with each, he may go two series with one or the other.”
Smart said the format of the game will remain the same as last year.
There will be four 15-minute quarters with a running clock, with the final four minutes of each half played like a normal game with clock stoppage.
The ones will scrimmage against the ones and the twos will scrimmage against the twos.
“We will stop the clock on kicking exchanges, scores, injuries, those kinds of the things, but otherwise it will be a running clock until the last four minutes of the half at which time we want the offenses to go two minutes and have to try to score,” Smart said. “It’s meant to create high tempo; go fast for both offenses.”
Naturally, the quarterbacks will only be one of the storylines fans will be sure to follow.
Georgia’s revamped offensive line has drawn praise from Smart for much of the spring, while sophomore Mecole Hardman has been a popular topic of conversation and will play wide receiver and return kicks for the Red squad.
Early enrollee Jeremiah Holloman will also be one to watch at wide receiver.
On defense, new defensive line coach Tray Scott has been hard and work with his players, who will make their debut under their new leader, with fans also getting their first look at early enollees Monty Rice at middle linebacker, along with defensive backs Richard LeCounte and Deangelo Gibbs.
NOTES: The annual alumni flag football game featuring over 60 lettermen will take place at 11:30 a.m. … Fans will also be encouraged to help continue UGA’s drive to build a handicapped-accessible home for former Southern University football player Devon Gales, who suffered a career-ending spinal injury at Sanford Stadium in 2015. Donations can be made by texting “Devon” to the following number – (706) 204-1707 – or by writing a personal check, made payable to the Devon Gales House Construction Fund, and mailing to the following address. … At halftime, fans attending G-Day can expect to be introduced to UGA’s incoming class of 2017 signees. … UGA will use G-Day to implement the SEC’s Clear Bag Policy, which will go into effect at all SEC venues beginning this fall. The policy will also be in effect, beginning in the 2017-18 competition year, at all of UGA’s ticketed sports venues: Sanford Stadium, Stegeman Coliseum (men and women’s basketball, gymnastics) and Foley Field (baseball). More information on the SEC Clear Bag Policy can be found at: http://georgiadogs.com/clear-bag-policy.
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