News and Notes - Jennings/T Brown with hamstrings

ATHENS – Georgia continued its pre-season preparations for 2004 today in humid conditions. The Bulldogs practiced in shoulder pads for the first time this year.

Tim Jennings and Thomas Brown are both out of the next few practices with hamstring injuries.

"Hopefully it's mild," said Richt. Jennings is reportedly more severe, but neither will miss game time.

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Fred Gibson has costochondrits, or inflammation of the rib cage. He will not miss much practice time, according to Richt. The injury is not serious.

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Darrius Swain continues to run during Georgia's first couple periods of practice. The Tucker native has been moved back to the defensive line from the offensive line. Swain is at the bottom of the depth chart and it still struggling with his weight. Georgia coaches have confidence that if he can get back into shape he will be able to make plays.

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Georgia's young receivers, A.J. Bryant, Demiko Goodman, and Kenneth Harris seem to all be at different levels of development right now. Bryant is ahead of the other two in the wide receiver rotation, although it is unknown if there is any real depth chart in place for the younger wide receivers.

Bryant seems to catch the ball in stride more often than the other two, but that may be a result of the passes that he is catching. Goodman is raw, but is very tall and rangy. Harris could catch up with Bryant soon. He looks very similar in the way he moves and catches the ball.

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Freshman kicker Andy Bailey looked consistent kicking the ball today. More of his kicks were end-over-end than yesterday. Richt said that fellow freshman Brandon Coutu might be inching ahead of Bailey in the place kicker competition because of consistency.

Gordon Ely-Kelso, who will serve a one game suspension for violating unspecified team rules, seems to have a lock on the punting position.

Georgia's has a "kicking day" competition scheduled for Monday, August 16th. The whole practice is closed to the media.

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Freshman running back Thomas Brown left practice at least momentarily with head trainer Ron Courson. Georgia lost starting running back Kregg Lumpkin two days ago to an ACL injury. Brown's injury did not appear serious.

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Josh Johnson was receiving extra attention in special teams workouts with running backs coach Ken Rucker. Johnson and Brandon Miller are both expected to play right away on the Bulldogs' special teams. Both are also in back up roles at linebacker.

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Seth Watts is working on the third string offensive line with Try Chandler, Zeb McKinzey, and others. It appears that he will likely redshirt this season due to Georgia's depth on the line. Max Jean-Gilles and Russ Tanner appear to be the only offensive linemen who have locked down starting spots on the line. Tanner will be at center and Jean-Gilles will be at guard.

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Gerald Anderson wore a green non-contact jersey today at practice. It was not revealed yesterday that he was injured. Anderson did, however, practice with the team.

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D. J. Shockley's arm is either stronger than ever or the field is getting smaller. Shockley's arm won't be enough to get him past starter (and now Sports Illustrated cover boy) David Greene, but there is little doubt that Shockley is getting the ball to receivers more accurately and more on time than he has in the past. It's yet to be seen if he can translate that into offensive production when playing in games.

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Jeremy Lomax is very raw. He is a very tall defensive end that at times looks awkward in the position. His two strengths appear to be his speed and range. He needs to add weight sometime in the next year. He is a redshirt candidate.

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Chester "Big Cheese" Adams is cleared and will be at practice tomorrow. He introduced himself to Georgia's team Chaplin like this: "My name is Chester Adams; they call be ‘Big Cheese'"

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Albert Hollis' move to the secondary is likely for good. Hollis said today that he will not request to move back to running back unless Richt requests for him to do so.

But Richt joked about the Bulldogs' misfortunes with injuries at running back: "At the rate we are going right now, he'll have to move back to running back tomorrow and he'll be second string."


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