Richt Adapting to Technology

ATHENS - Mark Richt has been known to jot down some important notes on his hand.

The Georgia football coach joked in the past that was his palm pilot.

Now Richt and the Georgia players are relying on newer technology.

The team playbooks this preseason were distributed on iPads that each team member got.

"Matter of fact I brought mine in today to make sure I'm connected to the system, the new system that we have," Richt said after Friday's practice. "So when I go home--my wife will like this—I can watch practice film from home."

Richt said players have been "begging" for more information to look at to check out before they go to bed.

"It's a great system if it's secure as everyone say it is," he said. "It's phenomenal."

Richt said players would rather carry around the iPad than a "big old playbook."

And yes even with an iPad, Richt, is still putting reminders on his hand.

Bennett a `pleasant surprise' in practice

Seeing wide receiver Michael Bennett move around well in the first two preseason practices following ACL surgery last October is a "pleasant surprise," Richt said.

Bennett said he expected it with how he progressed earlier this summer in pass skeleton and 7-on-7 work.

"I'm 100 percent," Bennett said. "I'd say it's just as strong or stronger than I was."

The redshirt junior said he is working with the first unit in a three-wide set.

"It's a pleasant surprise to see him moving around as well (as he is)," Richt said. "When the injury happened you could only hope he'd look this good right now."

Bennett said freshman receiver Tramel Terry, who is coming off winter ACL surgery, is "frustrated a little bit," having to practice with a big brace on his knee. Terry is working in a regular jersey.

"I'm just trying to encourage him as much as I can," Bennett said. "He looks really good for where he's at. He's about seven or eight months out. He's doing a great job, especially as a freshman, too. I think it's just him being a freshman that's just hindering him a little bit, not so much his knee."

Lee welcomes Houston back even with added competition

Newly-eligible Kolton Houston is now lining up behind Dallas Lee at offensive left guard for Georgia

"He's competing for playing time and a starting position," Richt said. "Coach (Will) Friend, he's rolling things around right now. We're trying to find the best five and where to put them, too."

Lee, a senior with 21 career starts, said he doesn't feel an added sense of urgency to hold onto the starting spot with Houston able to play after being suspended for three years for testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid.

"I put pressure on myself every day to go out and work on the things that I've got to improve," Lee said. "It's nice having Kolton back. Everybody's happy that he finally got cleared. It's good for us, it's good for him."

The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Houston "looks good the first couple of days," Lee said, but probably needs to put on a few more pounds.

This and that

Sophomore outside linebacker Josh Dawson has moved to defensive end. "He's put on some really good weight, very strong," Richt said. "He'll be capable of doing both. Right now his primary position will be end." The 6-foot-4 Dawson is listed at 254 pounds. He had five tackles last season.

Georgia isn't making its kickers, punters, holders and snappers available for interviews this week. That comes while Marshall Morgan's possible suspension hasn't been announced.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly wants to play SEC teams in the regular season and called Georgia a natural matchup, according to a tweet from Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune. Kelly said the school's ACC commitments would get in the way. The Irish list two Georgia players on its spring roster on the school's website, have another Georgia product in is 2013 signing class and a commitment from the state for 2014.

Inside linebacker Ramik Wilson (stomach bug) did not practice Friday, but is expected back today.

Richt said that freshman cornerback Shaq Wiggins, who had at least one interception Friday, is a "fiery competitor," but is "learning how to defend without holding and grabbing and snatching and all that."

John Theus said he's worked only at right tackle so far this preseason after seeing some time at left tackle in the spring.

J..J. Green is working as a tailback still this preseason. Georgia is deeper at receiver.

After practicing under hot conditions on Thursday, Georgia worked under cloud cover and temperatures in the lower 70s Friday.

Aaron Murray is on the watch list for the Manning Award for top quarterback. …Luella cornerback/receiver Aaron Davis will join the team as a walk-on, according to the Henry Daily Herald. Davis, who had offers from Wake Forest and Furman, had two knee surgeries in his final two years of high school. Davis isn't listed on the 105-player roster that will expand when school starts.

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