News and Notes: 04 09 2004

ATHENS – With G-Day right around the corner the Georgia Bulldogs continued spring workouts. Here are some news and notes:

D.J. Shockley was decked out in full pads today but with a green jersey on. All quarterbacks wear green jerseys no matter if they are injured or not. But this was the first time this spring I can recall that Shockley was in full pads with the rest of the team.

Mikey Henderson, Thomas Flowers, and Tim Jennings all returned punts from Gordon Ely-Kelso before the team started its scrimmage today. The punts were solid for the most part with a duck or two kicked every now and then.

Jennings also lined up at wide receiver a few times but that move was for no other purpose other than to have a pair of hands for the quarterbacks to throw to. Richt was not aware that Jennings was having balls thrown to him.

Speaking of quarterbacks, it is somewhat strange to see A.J. Bryant catching a ball thrown to him by Blake Barnes. A few short weeks ago both were struggling to understand the quarterback position. Now Bryant is catching Barnes' passes.

Barnes continues to get used to the footwork that the Georgia coaching staff expects from him. However, Mark Richt did not spend any time with the quarterbacks during their drills today. He spent all of his time with the special teams units; he left Mike Bobo and John Eason to handle the quarterbacks and receivers.

Kregg Lumpkin was the only top running back that was participated in throwing drills. Danny Ware was playing special teams at the time and Michael Cooper is still out with migraine headaches and is not expected to return to practice this spring. Lumpkin got the lion share of work at the running back spot in drills before the scrimmage.

Once again parents and family were invited to today's scrimmage.

Richt's quick hitters:

A.J. Bryant: "I see him improving every day"

Kregg Lumpkin: "He is a guy that we are going to have to rely heavily on. He is a second year player but is also an offensive leader."

Quinton Moses: "He is increasing his playing time."

Marcus Jackson: "He has had a great spring."

Richard "Cookie" Cook: "He has improved tremendously."

The defensive line: "That unit has had the best spring of all of the other units."

T.J. Gartrell & Brain McClendon: "They have really improved."

Bartley Miller: "He is questionable for the fall."

On the #3 center: "Ryan Schnetzer, Trey Chandler, and Josh Brock could all play there if we needed them."

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