Georgia opens Spring with 9:30 AM practice

ATHENS --- Georgia started its quest for the 2004 national championship today at 9:30 AM. The Bulldogs practiced for the first time this spring in shorts and helmets.

Mark Richt said that he was pleased with the effort of his team.

"Today was a good day," said Richt. "There was a lot of enthusiasm and hustle; and there were a lot of athletic guys running around making plays. We also had a lot of mistake but there is plenty of time to learn.

Several injured players did not participate in the first practice of the spring and will not practice all spring. Those players spent their time running laps around Georgia's practice facility.

"I knew about it going in to spring practice," commented Richt about the injured players. "Its sad that we don't have some of those guys out there.

Richt reported after practice that Daniel Inman pulled his hamstring.

Georgia returns to practice Monday afternoon.


It appeared that a member of Ohio State's football staff was in attendance today. He was wearing an Ohio State collared shirt and was holding a notepad. But after the start of practice he had a Georgia pull over on.


Kelly and Norm Pollack attended this morning's practice. Their son David decided to comeback for his senior season rather than declaring himself eligible for the 2004 NFL Draft.


Tony Taylor looked particularly good on special teams.


Tyson Browning was working with Fred Gibson at the wide receiver spot during throwing drills this morning. Browning was recruited as an athlete a few years ago but played a little wide receiver when he was at Oconee County.


Paul Oliver is going to be looked to as a potential starter in the fall and you could tell that the coaching staff was trying to get him ready for that. Oliver's name was called more than any other this morning.


At one point during the drills Michael Cooper dropped a poorly thrown pass and running backs coach Ken Rucker was not happy. He picked up the ball and explained to everyone: "We are going to finish this drill."

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