08 16 2004 News and Notes

ATHENS, GA - Georgia continued its preseason workouts after a day of rest on Sunday.

The place kicking competition earlier in the day netted no leader. Brandon Coutu and Andy Bailey appear to be in a dead head for place kicking duties. Earlier in the week it seemed Coutu slightly in the lead. Coutu told the media Saturday that he had only missed one kick all pre-season practice. But Bailey may have inched back into a tie with this morning's practice. The session was closed to the media.

"This morning Bailey looked the best. Up until that point Coutu was more steady. Bailey closed the gap. We know less now than we did before," said Richt.

Friday's scrimmage will likely be the final kicking one. "We could take it up to gameday," said Richt of the place kicking competition. He said that the kickoff competition will be determined before that. --

In punting drills Gordon Ely-Kelso has been inconsistent. The sophomore has good power, many of his good punts rocket past Tyson Browning and Sean Bailey (the two punt returners), but too many go to the sideline or wind up end-over-end. If Ely-Kelso can get consistent with his accuracy Georgia may have another great punter on its hands. If not, the Dawgs will suffer through a second inconsistent punting season.

Speaking of Georgia's punting game; Browning and Bailey also worked on fielding squib punts and kicks from back up quarterback Tommy Wilson. The two rotated fielding regular punts and squib kicks.

Bailey, Browning, Thomas Flowers, and Mikey Henderson are all "scrapping it out" for the punt return job according to Richt. --

Trey Chandler, who did not dress in full pads, worked with the centers today during the early periods of the practice. He was snapping the ball to Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt during quarterback drills.


Thomas Brown and Danny Ware look like the two best running backs in terms of pass reception right now. Ware catches may balls that are thrown behind him during practice and Brown seems to be picking up that part of the offense quickly. Both are skilled with their hands.

"You would be surprised how well Ware catches the football," siad Richt. "Prep school prepaired him for Georgia." --

Passing drills are still somewhat difficult for freshman Blake Barnes. The Mississippi native is still learning the new offensive system and struggles at times with throws to running backs out of the backfield. He will have plenty of time to get his finesse game in gear, however, with a year of red-shirting.


Players in green non-contact jerseys today included nearly the whole starting defensive line. Thomas Davis was not at practice today nor was David Pollack. Pollack will likley return at the end of the week. Richt said there was "good news" concerning the procationary MRI performed on Pollack. "He is improving rapidly."

Kedric Golston, Richard Cook, Charles Johnson, Gerald Anderson all had non-contact jerseys but none wore shoulder pads. They appeared to be sitting out practice. Max Jean Gilles, Josh Brock, Thomas Brown, Tony Milton, Mario Raley, Michael Turner, and John LaValley all practiced but with green non-contact jerseys. Tim Jennings was not wearing a non-contact jersey but appeared to be sitting out much of practice as he took his shoulder pads off after stretching.

T.J. Gartrell, working on Fred Gibson's side of the ball, had a sleeve on his right leg from his ankle to his knee.


ESPN will be in Athens for the Bulldog's Wed. morning practice. Richt joked that he will likely not show too much when the network's cameras are rolling.

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