Let the Games Begin

MACON – For 14 newcomers to the Georgia football team, Tuesday afternoon marked the first of many summer sessions.

A trial by fire of sorts, the player-led workouts include position drills and 7-on-7 pass skeleton, where freshmen can hone technique and learn the scheme while competing with and against veterans.

"That will be the first time I'll get to see some of the guys in action and see what they have," junior quarterback Aaron Murray said.

Murray describes the summer schedule as "football, football, football."

The schedule dictates weight lifting on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Speed and agility work comes on Tuesday and Thursday, followed by those position drills and 7-on-7 battles.

"And then I usually try to get the receivers and tight ends together at least one other day to throw," Murray added.

While Murray is excited to develop a relationship with wide receiver Blake Tibbs and tight end Ty Smith, safety Shawn Williams says he's focusing on matching names to faces.

"I know faces," Williams said. "I don't really know names much right now. Hopefully I'll be able to see how some people look."

The player Williams is most interested in is cornerback Sheldon Dawson, a highly-touted player from Memphis.

The Bulldogs need Dawson to be ready this season due to suspensions in the secondary.

"The thing will be showing him the techniques and some cover schemes," Williams said. "Not too much, just going out and letting him play right now. Maybe he'll come in and be awesome. I hope."

Still no news on Houston

Redshirt sophomore Kolton Houston is listed as the starter at right tackle, but Georgia still has not received official word on his status.

The 6-5, 291-pound Houston did not play a snap in 2011 due to an undisclosed NCAA violation.

Richt stuck to his usual line Tuesday, giving the same response he did during the spring.

"It's not been decided yet, but again I would still say that I'm optimistic," he said.

Floyd, Atkins still expected to enroll

Of the 19 signees in the 2012 class, all but John Atkins and Leonard Floyd have made their way to campus.

Atkins, a defensive lineman from Thomson, was awaiting the proper test score as of last week. Floyd, an outside linebacker from Dodge County, needs credit from a class before he can enroll.

Richt expects both to qualify.

"I think I said (last week) I expect them all to be there," Richt said. "I'm just going to stay with that quote. They're still fighting."

This and that…

Williams, who led the team in tackles in 2011, is nearing 100 percent after spraining his knee near the conclusion of spring practice. The injury forced the senior safety to miss the spring game, but he's no longer sitting out workouts. "Conditioning-wise, I'm able to complete what we're doing," he said. … Murray will begin work on his PhD in industrial psychology this fall. He'll take nine credit hours in the fall. The program customarily takes three or four years to complete. "You get your masters along the way," Murray said. "My teachers are going to be working for me to figure out a schedule if I end up making it into the NFL for me to finish up classes."

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