Will he finally be able to play? That is the question that matters regarding Kolton Houston after the former Buford standout was held out of action in 2011.
The way coach Will Friend is using Houston thus far in spring it seems he's ready for starter's minutes or in the very least significant playing time. There is, of course, still a long time before the first game of the season. And Houston's issue (which hasn't been made public) still hasn't been fully resolved, according to coach Mark Richt.
If and when that hurdle is cleared expect Houston to remain in the fight for a prominent role in 2012.
Damian Swann – looks like he has a more confident feel to his game and playing faster. He's also been vocal with teammates.
Quarterback Michael Tamburo has decided to give up his playing career due to a knee injury/surgery. He plans to remain with the team in some sort of coaching capacity.
Note: Ramik Wilson returned to practice Thursday after dealing with a death in his family.
Aaron Murray on Faton Bauta: "He's been looking awesome, I mean, really really impressive especially being his only third day of practice, and he's supposed to be in high school. I told them on my first day of practice I threw like 10, 15 balls over the wall. I was just shaking out there. He's out there completing balls and doing extremely well. His knowledge of the playbook is impressive so far. He's an extremely hard worker. I mean, you can find him here at all hours of the day watching film. I think that's the reason he's doing so well, and he's only going to continue to get better.
"Very strong arm, throws a beautiful spiral. He's going to be really, really good. He works hard too, so that's a good combination."
As I wrote in the Tidbits earlier, Mark Beard received a welcome to the big time when he faced Cornelius Washington for three reps in a one-on-one/one-on-two drill. Washington essentially got the better of him on each rep, but Beard improved on the second and third reps after getting blasted the first time.
Outside the Lines:
Linebacker Christian Robinson intends to study abroad in Italy in May.
He'll be taking courses in viticulture -- the study of wine making.
Quote of the Day:
"Coach Grantham will come up with something. Him and the coaching staff – they brilliant at that, man." – Bacarri Rambo on how the secondary will adjust to suspensions.
I plan on naming this section in honor of Rambo after he moves on from Georgia. Best person to talk to. Ever.