Brown & Mitchell Sidelined

ATHENS - Some of Georgia's top receivers were sidelined during Monday's full pads practice.

Junior Marlon Brown, in line to start at split end, "tweaked," an ankle near the end of Saturday's practice, but coach Mark Richt said head trainer Ron Courson did not believe the injury is serious.

Freshman receiver Malcolm Mitchell remains out with a pulled muscle, Richt said.

"I know any day he'll be back so I'm not too concerned about it," Richt said.

Meanwhile, junior tailback Richard Samuel (quadriceps) again worked in a non-contact jersey.

"He did a little bit of run polish," Richt said. "I don't know if he had got to any kind of scout work. He's just not ready yet."

Freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell practiced in a regular jersey coming off his groin injury.

Scout team shakeout

Georgia has started scout team work in preparation for opening opponent Boise State.

That's often a signal whether a freshman could be headed for a redshirt season or is likely to play.

Cornerback Nick Marshall is on the scout team, but said he thinks that's because he missed several practices last week with a concussion.

"I'm over there trying to work my way back to the varsity," he said.

Cornerback Chris Sanders said he's getting work on the second team in the nickel package and is working on several special team units including the kickoff return team.

"They haven't put me on scout team." said Sanders. "I'm happy where I'm at right now, not knocking anybody else down. I'm happy to be with the older guys and learn and be able to see the field. …It's kind of fun to try and work my way up."

Richt said if a player is on the scout team now it doesn't mean for sure he won't play.

"It's happened many times where a guy for a lot of reasons has put himself in position to play," Richt said. "It's not a guarantee he won't play, but sometimes it's hard for them to understand that."

Hoops still in Marshall plan

Marshall, a two-sport star at Wilcox County, said he still is planning to join Mark Fox's basketball team this winter, but isn't sure exactly when.

"We haven't got a formula or a date or anything yet, but we want him to make sure he's taking care of his business academically," Richt said. "That's the big thing."

Marshall practiced for the first time in a full-speed practice Monday since his concussion.

"I just liked his energy, I liked how hard he practiced," Richt said. "I told him `You keep practicing like that every day and everything's going to work out.' We just want him to continue to do that and we'll see where it goes."

This and that

Linebackers Ray Drew and Amarlo Herrera, both returning from shoulder injuries, practiced in non-contact jerseys. Second-team nose guard John Jenkins (hamstring) did not practice, but Richt is hoping he'll return in time to play in the opener. ...Richt said certain players are fighting through the monotony of preseason practices, but others are not. "Some guys have done a better job of being mature enough to fight through being tired, being sore, being bored, whatever the heck it is, to get better," he said. "I'd say there's a few guys that still need to learn that." …Richt in recent seasons has taken his team for some diving and swimming at the Ramsey Center during camp, but that's not in the plans. "I doubt we go to the Ramsey," said Richt, who said the team is on track to get in 29 practices for what might be the first time since he's been at Georgia.


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