Orlando news and notes: Dooley featured in parade

Today's update of the goings on in Orlando as Georgia gets ready for Purdue.

ORLANDO – Many of the Purdue beat writers think that Georgia should play bump and run coverage against the Boilermakers. According to the beat writers, Purdue wide receivers have trouble with physical cornerbacks. They also have trouble getting off of the line against teams like Michigan, a team that Purdue keeps saying the Dawgs remind them of.

The beat writers also think that Georgia's team speed will not be as much of a factor as many think. In general they believe that Big Ten schools have come a long way in the speed department and that the SEC's perceived speed advantage is overrated.

New quarterbacks A.J. Bryant and Blake Barnes continue to practice with the team. However, the two new quarterbacks are not getting near the amount of throws as Georgia's other back up quarterbacks. Even quarterbacks that will be deeper in the depth chart than the two new quarterbacks during spring ball are throwing more to the skill position players during practice.

It should be noted, however, that Georgia has been practicing this week with the intention of winning the bowl game, not to give youngsters like Bryant and Barnes more experience. It should also be noted that practice is only open for the first 20 minutes and that Barnes and Bryant could be running the number one offense for all anyone knows after the press leaves.

Randall Swoopes is not in Orlando but Mark Richt's announcement that he would be re-joining the team in January gives the Dawgs instant depth along the offensive line. Swoopes was battling for the starting center spot before he was sent to Georgia Military last spring but Richt said that he might also be used at guard this coming season as well.

Purdue's Kyle Orton has been impressive during practice this week in Orlando. He is accurate with the ball and can deliver it constantly to his wide receivers. He is one of the better quarterbacks that I have seen live this season.

Vince Dooley will be one of two grand marshals of today's Citrus Bowl Parade. New Athletic Director Damon Evans has not yet been seen in Orlando. One Georgia official said, "He has a lot on his plate right now." Evans should arrive in Orlando today or perhaps Wednesday.

Purdue beat Georgia yesterday in a passing competition at Universal Studio's Island of Adventure theme park. The two teams were cordial to one another during the event; there was no negative talk amongst the two squads. The competition featured the passing ability of Max Jean-Gilles, Ken Veal, Bruce Thornton, and David Pollack. Those defensive stars went up against a group from Purdue that included Orton, the starting quarterback. Needless to say that Dawgs were in trouble from the beginning but the event was lighthearted and did not end in any injuries. Martrez Milner suffered a sprained ankle during Georgia and Purdue's tug-of-war competition earlier this week. He will be fine by game time but was walking with one crutch yesterday.

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