Dawgs Roll On: Thursday Practice Report

ATHENS - Georgia conducted a two-hour practice Thursday, and then the assistant coaches participated in the daily media briefing.

Georgia wide receivers coach Tony Ball said he is pleased with how his group has done during preseason preparations and now in camp.

"They all worked hard over the summer and came in to camp in shape, and we've got depth," said Ball. "We've got some experienced guys and the kind of depth at the position that you like to have."

When asked about junior newcomer Jonathon Rumph, Ball said he has made tremendous strides since the first day he arrived on campus last spring until now.

"Jonathon is heading in the right direction; he is gaining confidence and making plays," said Ball.

The Bulldogs held their second scrimmage of fall camp Wednesday at Sanford Stadium and returned to the Woodruff Practice Fields on Thursday.

New Bulldog defensive line coach Chris Wilson said his group of linemen are putting everything together and have a strong work ethic. The nose position has been one common question for the Bulldogs who are replacing a pair of 350-pounders in John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers who are now in the NFL.

"I didn't get to coach those guys but our guys this year are 300-plus pounds; there are extra large and extra, extra large guys at that position, and we're extra large this year," said Wilson.

The annual Fans Picture Day will be held this Saturday in the Reed Plaza area of Sanford Stadium. Georgia football players will be on hand for photos and autographs from 3-5 p.m. between Gates 2 and 4. Georgia coach Mark Richt will also be available from 3-5 p.m. for those with ticket coupons.

The Bulldogs open their 2013 schedule on Aug. 31 when they travel to face eighth-ranked Clemson at 8 p.m. The contest, which is 2013's only season-opening top-10 matchup, will be broadcast nationally on ABC.

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