The Bulldogs have officially returned to the field. Here are a few notes from the first week of preseason camp.
Varga looking good
Of course, everyone’s top question is about Tyler Varga’s health. Varga missed most of last season with a foot injury and saw a handful of foot specialists throughout the offseason.
Tony Reno said he’s looked good so far.
“He looks like he hasn’t missed a beat,” one teammate said.
But the true test for Varga will come when the Bulldogs have their first practice with contact on Sunday.
As for the QB situation, Reno has been really impressed with Morgan Roberts, both as a quarterback and a leader. With a full year under his belt, he seems to really be coming into his own. It looks like the starting job is his to lose.
Freshmen Rafe Chapple, Stephen Barmore and Andrew Johnson have shown glimpses of promise.
Others looking strong early...
Others who have been impressive early? WRs Myles Gaines and Robert Clemons have been pleasant surprises. DEs Victor Egu and Marty Moesta are bigger and stronger, and that has translated onto the field. DBs Foye Oluokun and Spencer Rymiszewski are also looking stronger and have been more consistent with their technique.
Some freshmen that have caught the eye of Reno early are OL Jon Bezney, WRs Jake Dehart, Ross Drwal, Mike Siragusa and Chris Williams-Lopez, along with TE Conor Furey and LB Matt Oplinger.
Some have asked about Avery Lewis. The promising WR has suffered another set back (leg injury) and will be out indefinitely. He has played in the Bulldogs season opener in 2012, but has yet to get on the field again.
Reno talking about preseason camp
Reno on the first week: “We’re off to a good start. They had a good summer and it carried over. The older guys are doing a nice job of leading and setting an example. And the young talent in competing for positions, and that makes for a nice mix. There’s a lot of competition at each position. That increases the level of performance and hopefully gives us some depth. We’re still a work in progress, but I’m definitely encouraged by the progress.”