Rundown: Day Three

ATHENS - A rundown of news and notes from Georgia's third day of spring practice.

The Lead:

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.

Battle Lines:

A few names on the rise: Connor Norman - players and Mark Richt have talked him up for his speed, athleticism and smarts. Bacarri Rambo said Norman would probably be a defensive coordinator one day.

Damian Swann – looks like he has a more confident feel to his game and playing faster. He's also been vocal with teammates.

Arthur Lynch – waited a long time for this opportunity and is making the most of it. He's been honest – he wants to start at tight end and is doing all he can to hold off Jay Rome.

Injury Update:

Add Rantavious Wooten to the list of injured players. He spent Thursday with Coach T working out after pulling a leg muscle. Sterling Bailey (right foot) didn't practice either.

Zach DeBell (ankle) and Xzavier Ward (knee) appear closer to getting back in the mix, but were still in green non-contact jerseys.

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.

Newcomer Update:

Keith Marshall was once again glued to coach Bryan McClendon Thursday. He has been persistent in his pursuit of knowledge, and he's not afraid to tell McClendon when he doesn't know something.

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.

Not kidding.

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.

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