The Wednesday Rundown

ATHENS - A midweek look at Georgia football during its first bye week of the 2013 season.

1. We'll start by covering some of the guys in green [non-contact] jerseys today, though not a lot of contact was made in today's practice anyway. Some notables were Keith Marshall, Jay Rome and Tramel Terry. While that sounds problematic for some, it's really nothing to worry about at this point. Marshall just got a little banged up in last week's win over South Carolina, so he's just taking it easy for a bit. As for Rome, he's been banged up a bit for the last few weeks and is still out there catching passes. Just an update. As for Terry, he's been rehabbing that knee for months now. Seeing him out there doing what he's doing is a good sign. He was making cuts and catching passes like all the other receivers. Though he had a few cone drills shortened for him, he was doing everything at full speed. The cone drills being shortened is to be expected for a guy still relatively new to his less-bulky knee brace. To sum up the 'green' jersey guys, Marshall and Rome were going about their business as usual; just wearing green instead of red. As for Terry, he's making major strides in his recovery from knee surgery.

2. The receiving corps is still an area of emphasis as always; especially being a man down on the year following Malcolm Mitchell's ACL injury at Clemson. However, we saw last week there's another weapon to be weary of in Justin Scott-Wesley who showed his breakaway speed on an 85-yard touchdown reception from an Aaron Murray pass against the Gamecocks. Scott-Wesley continued to impress in today's practice during a soft hands drill for receivers. The point of the drill is to display soft hands by hauling in a lofty pass with one hand. Scott-Wesley's catch looked great, and it's obvious he's gaining a little more confidence at receiver after the Dawgs' win over South Carolina.

3. The offensive line continues to improve, and it showed that against South Carolina last week. Tight end Arthur Lynch says the unit is really starting to show its maturity.

"I think this was a big game for us," Lynch said. "To handle the defense the way we did said a message to not only South Carolina, but the rest of the league that we can be pretty dynamic but also a physical football team that can run the ball as we please as long as we play disciplined and don't hurt ourselves."

Georgia isn't looking past North Texas, though. Instead, it'll be an opportunity to work on some areas, improve and try and get an extra win under its belt before facing off against LSU the following week.

"Obviously I don't know too much about them [North Texas] because we haven't played them, but you definitely don't want to let down and not come ready to play a game; especially in front of your home crowd," Lynch said. "Obviously we know what's at stake the next week [LSU]. It's going to be a big league game; not an East opponent, but still an SEC opponent."

4. The number three running back spot has yet to be decided according to Richt. Freshman Brendan Douglas had some key carries in the final drive of Georgia's win over South Carolina last week, but he's yet to be the official number three guy.

"Douglas has definitely found a niche as far as short yard, goal line and four minute offense. I don't know if he'll go in before J.J. in the first or second quarter, though," Richt said. "Every time we saw him [Douglas] in scrimmage we saw what you guys saw. He's a powerful, physical runner. He's a legitimate SEC running back in my opinion."

Those are some meaningful comments from a coach in this physical league.

5. Speaking of running backs, Georgia's top two are slightly banged up; only slightly. Todd Gurley's mentioned some hip flexor issues and of course Keith Marshall wore green today. However, Mike Bobo said he plans on both of them playing against North Texas next Saturday. He says it's all about getting better right now and perfecting the offense Georgia wants to run. After hearing Bobo's diagnosis of the situation, I wouldn't be too worried about them right now. The running backs will have a few days off, but they'll be ready to go next week.


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