Newcomers Try to Keep Up

ATHENS - The first day of spring practices can be a huge adjustment for the newcomers.

It isn’t easy for the head coach either when it comes to identifying them.

“I’ll be honest with you,” Richt said. “I’m not even sure of all their jersey numbers right this second. A lot of what I was trying to do is make sure that our tempo was going well and making sure that everybody was doing what they’re supposed to do, going where they’re supposed to go, being on the right field.”

Georgia has seven members of its 2015 signing class practicing with the team this spring, including inside linebacker transfers Jake Ganus (UAB) and Chuks Amaechi (Arizona Western JC). Another, defensive lineman Michael Barnett, is out for the spring after shoulder surgery.

Natrez Patrick from Mays worked at outside linebacker, but “had the high school daze,” that comes in adjusting to the college practice, outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins said.

“Mostly I saw guys with eyes pretty big and trying to keep up with the big boys,” Richt said.

Freshmen defensive backs Jonathan Abram and Jarvis Wilson from Mississippi drew praise from teammates.

“Even if some of the young guys didn’t know what to do, they were still giving 100 percent,” Jenkins said.

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