Rundown: #IsaiahWatch is Full Throttle

ATHENS - Quick hitter notes from Georgia's practice Friday--the first time offensive freshmen were available to speak to the media.

1. Isaiah Crowell has a sore groin and the team "shut him down" today in practice. Crowell says the injury isn't serious.

"It was just weak or whatever," he said. "But it's not serious."

Coach Richt on the injury:

"Woke up and it was just very, very stiff. We didn't think it would be wise to have him go on a full speed competition day. I think it's more soreness. I don't think he pulled it. We'll just go day-by-day and see when he's ready to go."

Isaiah on the attention he's receiving:

"It's been kind of overwhelming at times. Athens is a great place. You know, I'm having fun here.

"I don't really think about it a lot because my coaches tell me I'm not the savior. They tell me to just come out and work hard to try to help my team."

Isaiah on meeting Herschel Walker.:

"He was telling me to keep a level head and work hard and help my team. Work hard and do whatever I can to help my team."

2. Injury Update: Brandon Boykin, Cornelius Washington and Derek Owens practiced without green jerseys. DE Derrick Lott got some work in fundamental drills. Ken Malcome, Jordan Love and Nick Marshall did not practice.

3. The team practiced in full pads and had an offense versus defense competition day.

"Today when we competed in the DB drill, which is DBs versus wide receivers, it's a drill where we throw quick screens and things of that nature, the defense won 6-3," Richt said. "Then we had team run and play action pass—that was a live drill—and the defense won 15-11.

"And then we had a one-on-one passing drill, which is not a live drill, and the offense won 20-9. Pass skeleton, or some people might know it better as 7-on-7 type stuff, the offense won that drill 18-15.

"So if you're keeping track, it's tied 2-2 going into the final 11-on-11. And I believe it was tied going into the last four plays, and the offense won it 10-8. So the offense won the day 3-2. Very, very spirited day with great competition."

4. Richt said freshman Malcolm Mitchell struggled in Wednesday's scrimmage with picking up assignments. Mitchell had a better day Friday.

"Malcolm Mitchell had a big day," Richt said. "He made some big plays in crunch time during the last 11-on-11…it was actually the No.1 defense going against the No. 1 offense and Malcolm ended up catching the touchdown that gave the offense a two-point play. He made some big plays in crunch time."

If nothing else, the previous quote shows that Mitchell is working with the first team at least some of the time.

5. Ken Malcome does not have a concussion, and his groin isn't what's keeping him from practicing.

"Malcome's not feeling well," Richt said.

Sounds like he's feeling under the weather more than anything.

6. Freshman David Andrews is the No. 2 center behind Ben Jones.

"It's definitely encouraging," Andrews said. "But you want to prove to the coaches that they can depend on you."

7. Freshman offensive tackle Watts Dantzler said he didn't expect to be a in the two-deep this early.

"I kept it in my mind," he said. "I just want to help the team. If it helps the team that I don't play a snap, that's great with me. I want to get the team as good as we can and win as many games as possible. When people started—someone got hurt and this and this and that, I knew I was going up (the depth chart) quite a bit. I'm just trying to do the best I can."

Watts said he struggled in the scrimmage Wednesday, but has used the difficulty as a learning experience.

"I didn't play really well," he said. "I had a tough meeting afterwards with coach (Will) Friend. He told me, really, to play to my potential. He had to get me going…He coached me hard in the film room. He told me it was time that I needed to step up and keep playing harder. That's something I try to do."

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