Practice News and Notes - Tuesday

ATHENS - With an ESPN crew watching, Georgia practiced in shoulder pads and shorts. Here are a few notes from today's practice.

It looks like Tyson Browning is really coming along at the wide receiver position. Richt and company hoped that his move to receiver for the spring would mean that Browning could move back and forth between that position and running back in the fall. Georgia will try to confuse its opposition by using Browning at both wide receiver and running back.

Browning is also working at punt return and has looked the best of any player in terms of fielding the ball.

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Michael Cooper and Kregg Lumpkin are still battling it out at the running back position. The two were the only two running backs, with the exception of Jeremy Thomas, that worked with running backs coach Ken Rucker during an early practice period.

Because Georgia is not yet in full pads it is hard to say which player is doing better than the other. Both, however, seem to be improving in terms of catching passes.

That may be because Rucker is emphasizing this particular part of the game. In fact, Rucker got on to Lumpkin after he dropped a very poorly thrown pass. Mike Bobo told his quarterbacks to throw better quality balls but Rucker said afterwards: "How about the running backs just catch difficult balls?"

It should also be noted that Lumpkin wore his new #6 practice jersey for the first time this spring today.

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Tyson Browning might end up winning the punt return position this spring but he will have a capable back up in the fall.

Mikey Henderson looks like the best backup at punt return at this point. Thomas Flowers is also returning punts but does not appear to be doing as well as Henderson.

Both are battling for playing time at cornerback as well. Flowers seems to be getting more attention in that area of the game.

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