Position changes and battles discussed

ATHENS – Odell Thurman's suspension makes the depth chart at linebacker very confusing. In the end, the Bulldogs hope to get the best three at that position on the field at the same time.

The move of freshman Brannan Southerland to linebacker might be the first of many position changes to come for this fall. He was one of many players discussed in terms of positions.

Max Jean-Gilles moved from tackle to guard, which Offensive Coordinator Neil Callaway says is better for him, and the team.

"It's his natural position. He can bring us a lot of things from there," Callaway said.

In another position move, this time away from the offensive line, Darrius Swain has been moved back to the defensive line.

"He'll start at the bottom of the depth chart," said Mark Richt. "We are concerned with his weight."

Richard Cook will also remain on the inside of the defensive line according to Richt. Richt also mentioned that Thomas Brown will be a running back, and Brandon Miller is now the back up Sam linebacker.


Georgia's kicking competition between Andy Bailey and Brandon Coutu is heating up. The two will battle one another for the starting spot during fall camp, but Richt said the leader will be named soon.

"We are going to have a kicking practice early on. From there we are going to have the number one kicker established. We will compete from there," he said.


Richt also said that he will not announce if or when a rotation between quarterbacks David Greene and D.J. Shockley will occur.

"That has not worked in the past," Richt admitted. "We are going to play it by ear. We have tried to rotate by predetermining it, and it does not work."

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