Ah yes, the first 'get better every day' of the spring. For those of you that had the fourth practice of the spring in the 'get better every day' Mark Richt quote pool, I'll send your money via PayPal.
--- We spoke to T.J. Stripling after practice. His weight is up to 230 now (it was 202 when he first got to Athens) and he says he's finally 100 percent healthy. Looking back on it, he said, a redshirt might have been best last season. He wasn't close to feeling comfortable, but said he was so eager to play that he rushed back. He's in the mix now and says he feels like this is a clean slate, a new beginning. I'll write a full update on Stripling soon.
--- Talked to Jarvis Jones. He said all the things you would expect. The defense is playing well, coming together and is exciting to be a part of. He also had an interesting slip -- he said, "I've got this year and next" when talking about himself at the college level. Will Jones stick around two seasons? I doubt it. But he still sees it that way, which has to give some hope to fans that it could actually happen.
--- Connor Norman continues to impress this spring. He is in line for a scholarship, but says he's not motivated by that. He's just trying to help the team in any way he can. He's playing safety now, but is helping Malcolm Mitchell get accustomed to cornerback, especially in dealing with the terminology.
--- Ramik Wilson is taking reps at both inside and outside linebacker. He says he doesn't have a preference and that his skill set is suited for either spot.
--- With Ray Drew and Cornelius Washington spending time at defensive end, there is a chance you could see guys Alec Ogletree, Amarlo Herrera and Mike Gilliard occupying outside linebacker spots. I spoke to Gilliard about this after practice. Don't think of this in terms of guys moving spots or playing something specific -- the coaches are just trying to get the most athletic guys on the field all at one time. It won't happen every down, but it's something that could be used when the time is right.