Quick Hitters - Running backs

ATHENS – There is little doubt about it. Georgia has plenty of running backs to carry the load in 2004. The question is which one will step to the forefront to take over the starting spot? Will anyone?

Mark Richt has temporarily moved Tyson Browning from running back to wide receiver.

"That will free up some reps for some of the other running backs," Richt explained.

Right now Kregg Lumpkin and Michael Cooper are the two that are battling for the number one spot but according to Richt they aren't the only two.

"Right now you've got Lumpkin and Cooper but Tyson could certainly play tailback," said Richt. Those three players got the bulk of the load in 2003 but it will be difficult to tell if Cooper or Lumpkin will be the number one back until Georgia puts on full pads later this spring.

Speaking of putting on pads, even often asked about running back Albert Hollis made Richt's laundry list of players that could carry the rock in 2004.

"We know that Tony Milton can play tailback and he is coming off of his surgery very well. He'll be 100% in the fall. Danny Ware… we are going to find out. Hollis we'll be able to find out about (him running the ball)," said the head coach.

Richt said that Hollis will get plenty of action this spring. "He will get a little more contact this spring than he's gotten since the injury," said Richt.

But the depth at running back does not end there according Richt: "Of course we've got Thomas Brown coming in also."

Clearly, Georgia has plenty of options for running back this fall and this spring will go a long way in determining which player or players will tote the rock the most.


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