Twitter Wars?

MACON - Georgia Tech cornerback Rod Sweeting was a freshman in 2009 when Georgia won the state rivalry game in Atlanta and its top tailbacks wrote this message on themselves: "I Run This State."

Two more Georgia wins in the series later, the official Twitter account of Georgia football has adopted the slogan. Its handle is @WeRunThisState.

"I don't really feed into all that," Sweeting said Tuesday at the Peach State Pigskin Preview event at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. "We'll have to see this year. Unfortunately, I haven't beaten them yet. I've got to go out and hopefully beat them this year."

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson brushed off the Bulldogs' football Twitter name.

"I don't really worry about what Georgia's doing," said Johnson, who beat Georgia 45-42 in 2008 before losing three straight in a series that the Bulldogs have won 10 of the last 11. "I try to worry about what Georgia Tech's doing."

Meanwhile, Georgia coach Mark Richt's twitter handle @MarkRicht has come back to life after being dormant for more than a 1,000 days.

"Why am I tweeting again?" Richt said repeating a question. "I don't know. It's certainly the way that people communicate now. It's a way people get the word out. I want to get the word out about Georgia—what a great program we have. So it's an opportunity to keep people up on the good things that are happening at the University of Georgia."

Richt has tweeted to his more than 33,000 followers about his public appearances, the fact that 44 players earned a 3.0 or better in the spring and that former NFL coach Jon Gruden is speaking at Georgia's high school clinic next year on March 29.

"I physically do it most of the time," Richt said. "There might be a time when I might be driving down the road and have a thought and we have a guy on staff that I might say hey, would you put a tweet out about this or that? There's not a tweet that goes on my account with my name attached to it that I don't know 100 percent what it is."

Walk-on atop depth chart at fullback

Georgia's updated depth chart has a surprise on it.

Walk-on Merritt Hall is the first-team fullback. The 5-foot-11, 216-pound redshirt freshman from the Wesleyan School is listed ahead of Richard Samuel and Zander Ogletree.

"Merritt had a great spring," Richt said. "He learned what to do, and he was striking people with a lot of enthusiasm. He would have earned the right to be the starter at the end of spring, so we put it on the board that way."

Richt called fullback "a very high-contact position. Guys got to be very tough to do that. Richard Samuel certainly has gotten some reps at fullback and a guy that could do it. Of course we've got Zander who has been playing the fullback position."

Freshman Quayvon Hicks could make an immediate impact at fullback.

"Quayvon, just the looks test, I don't know if y'all have seen him play," Richt said. "He looks like a fullback. About a 255-, 260-pounder. He's really put togther. You can see it in his eyes he can't wait to get after it. He's got to learn what to do, but I'd love to see him learn what to do and get his hat in the ring."

Ken Malcome and Isaiah Crowell are listed co-No. 1 on the depth chart at tailback.

Richt said that the NCAA issue that kept Kolton Houston out last season has "not been decided yet, but I'd still say I'm optimistic that he'll be able to play." Houston is listed as the starting right tackle.

Sanders still has Georgia on mind

Former Georgia cornerback Chris Sanders, one of three players booted from the team after accusations of a theft in a campus dorm room earlier this year, is eyeing a possible return to Athens.

For now he's playing at Georgia Military College.

"The kid would like the opportunity to be able to get back, but he also understands it may not be in the cards," GMC coach Bert Williams said. "So we've let everybody know that hey, `Watch him. You're going to see him on the field, you're going to see what he can do.' He's not a protected guy like a placement would be."

Sanders could return to Georgia by January by completing 24 credit hours with at least a 2.0 grade point average. To go to another four-year school other than Georgia, he would need to graduate from GMC.

Williams said Georgia is evaluating what Sanders is doing and how he is handling things at GMC.

"He's done a great job in the classroom, he's done a great job of handling the discipline and the expectations of the cadet corps and our program," Williams said. "I think from the level of talent he is, from that aspect alone I think they would be interested in seeing if that's a possibility."

This and that

Cornerback Branden Smith's discipline for his possession of marijuana arrest still hasn't been disclosed. Smith entered a pre-trial diversion program in Alabama. Georgia Athletic Association policy calls for a suspension of at least one game for such an arrest. "We're not ready to say anything publicly," Richt said. "I guess that's all I'll say."

Georgia's injury situation remains ideal except for one player, Richt said. "Sterling Bailey's got a little something he's recovering from still," Richt said of a foot injury for the defensive end. Safety Shawn Williams said "I'm back to where I should be," from an MCL sprain sustained in spring practice. "It's good to go now."

Williams was looking forward to having a chance to see the incoming freshmen for the first time in 7-on-7 drills Tuesday. He wanted to see cornerback Sheldon Dawson from Memphis. "Hopefully he'll be athletic enough," Williams said. "I'm sure he is, but the main thing today will be showing him techniques and some cover schemes, but not too much. Just go out and let him play right now."

Sophomore Ray Drew is now officially listed as a defensive end instead of at outside linebacker. "I'm not exactly sure what he weighs but he's getting up in the 280-range, 285-range, I believe, and probably not done growing yet," Richt said.

Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox and his staff joined Richt at the Waffle House in Five Points on Monday to celebrate Richt's new contract. "He had nine basketball staff members and me," Richt said. "He took full advantage of it."

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