Gilliam makes a move to corner

ATHENS, Ga. - With lack of depth becoming a growing concern in the secondary, running back <b>Mike Gilliam</b> moved to cornerback Monday as Georgia entered its final week of spring drills.

Georgia has practices scheduled for today and Friday before ending its spring schedule with Saturday's 2 p.m. G-Day game at Sanford Stadium. Early in the spring, Georgia's two starting cornerbacks - Bruce Thornton (hairline fracture in left foot) and Decory Bryant (shoulder) - and backup safety Greg Blue (broken bone in right hand) were lost for the rest of spring with injuries.

Late last week, redshirt freshman cornerback B.J. Fields joined the injury list with a leg injury.

Georgia has more depth at running back than many positions, so Mike Gilliam was loaned to the defense for the week. Gilliam, a third-year sophomore, was redshirted last season after playing in five games at running back as a true freshman in 2001.

Also, walk-on fullback Chris Burgett has moved to rover for the rest of the spring.

Praise for Jennings: Coach Mark Richt continues to be impressed by sophomore cornerback Tim Jennings, one of the few scholarship defensive backs who has survived the spring without injury.

"Tim had another good day,'' Richt said in his opening remarks after Monday's practice. "Tim is really playing well.''

After recording three interceptions and starting three games as a true freshman last season, Jennings is trying to prove to Richt and secondary coach Willie Martinez that he can play more than one spot on the field.

"Kenny Bailey and I were the only scholarship guys left (at cornerback),'' Jennings said. "I feel pretty good about the way things have gone for me this spring. I'm trying to get a little better each day.''

Gant, Elmore finishing strong: Two redshirt freshman defensive linemen who spent the 2001 season at Hargrave Military - end Marquis Elmore and tackle Ray Gant - are coming on strong late in the spring practice schedule.

"Marquis really had a fine practice Saturday,'' Richt said, noting that Elmore's play was a highlight of the coaches' film review of the scrimmage. "He's really getting better.''

Added Richt: "The light is beginning to click for him, and he's beginning to take off. He's kind of liking it, too.''

Richt said Gant "has earned some playing time'' in 2003.

"(Gant) has made some plays similar to what caught our eye with (David) Pollack one year ago,'' Richt said. "He just gives unbelievable effort. He has played really hard the whole time.''

Worth noting: Richt said he does not think offensive guard Josh Brock (sprained ankle) will return in time to participate in the G-Day game. ... Sophomore Max-Jean Gilles has benefitted from better conditioning this spring. "Even when he was heavier, he still moved good, he just couldn't move very long,'' Richt said. ... Tight end Quentin Moses (mononucleosis) will not return this week.

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