The Rundown: Thursday Practice

ATHENS - News, notes, quotes and observations from interviews following Georgia's practice Thursday.

--Richt said Thursday's practice was "a good day" and that it was nice to have "a little competition in some drills that we do." Thursday was the first day in pads, but there was no tackling. Richt said the results of the drills were mixed. In one-on-one, the defense won. The offense took the pass skeleton and the defense took the rubber match, winning in 11-on-11.

--Saturday will mark the first day of full contact. "You're allowed to tackle eight practices, three of which can be dedicated the entire day to tackling and scrimmaging," Richt said.

--Jarvis Jones says he's able to practice "full go with the rest of guys." He added that he never felt hesitation or restraint due to his injury. I kind of got the vibe that he's tired of fielding questions about the whole deal because he thinks it's a non-issue. We still haven't heard from Coach Richt that Jones is completely ready for contact. Jones seems certain he's good to go. We'll see on Saturday.

--Alec Ogletree said he knew the switch to linebacker was always a possibility, but added he didn't see the move happening so quickly. "I'm starting to learn where I need to fit in and what hole I need to fill." Ogletree said the switch hasn't overwhelmed him, stating, "I still have some things I need to work on, but it's going pretty good."

--Coach Richt mentioned he liked the attitude of his team. Christian Robinson went into further detail. "It's a general attitude," Robinson said. "The guys in the locker room are willing to do what it takes now. It's not all about themselves." Watch out for this storyline over the course of spring—it's going to be written about ad nauseum.

--Another trending angle is the defense entering the second year under Todd Grantham. "Techniques are improving," Richt said. "I think that's the biggest thing I see defensively. They are playing faster. They're playing with a little more certainty."

--Shawn Williams always speaks straight to the point. He said "if the change (with Ogletree) wouldn't have happened, I'd still be competing the same way." He and Jakar Hamilton are vying for the open safety spot. Hamilton was requested for interview, but was unavailable for comment after practice.

--OL Dallas Lee did not practice due to breathing problems. Richt flinched when asked if the problems were due to asthma or the pollen that's been swirling around Athens as of late. Lee, Dexter Morant and T.J. Stripling were the only players Richt could recall that weren't practicing.

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