08 18 2004 News and Notes

ATHENS - With ESPN there to watch, Georgia practiced in the morning. <p> Parts of the practice will be aired on ESPN at 2:30 PM.

Mark Richt called the Bulldogs' practice in front of ESPN "short and sweet". Georgia will hold a scrimmage later today. It is closed to the media.


David Pollack did not have a green jersey on today, but he did not workout in many of the defensive drills. Pollack should be back to full speed in the coming days. Tim Jennings is also out on the defensive side of the ball. Jennings, too, will be back at full speed soon. Both were told by trainers to take it easy today.

Georgia not risking much in the way of injuries; Kregg Lumpkin is the only player lost so far this year and the staff is trying to keep it that way.

Other players with green jerseys on include: Thomas Brown, Mario Raley, Tony Milton, Richard Cook, Trey Chandler, Michael Turner, Jeremy Thomas, Tim Jennings, and Charles Johnson.


Brandon Miller, one of a hand few of true freshmen without his head shaved yet, seems to be catching on to Georgia's defensive scheme. He got praise today from Brian VanGorder during special teams workouts.


Jon Fabris was not pleased with the effort of the return team in kickoff return. Fabris was steadily onto the players returning the ball. It was not, however, the number one kick return unit.


Today is watermelon day for the Bulldogs. It is the symbolic end of two-a-days practice. Richt was seen taking one huge watermelon out to his car.


WIDE RECIEVER REPORT – "I am extremely pleased with the work of the two new guys," said Jon Eason of Demiko Goodman and Kenneth Harris. Harris seems ahead of Goodman in terms of playing time, but there is no depth chart for the two. Goodman is faster, but struggles with his footwork often. He uses long strides rather than short choppy steps. It makes him set up for receptions rather awkwardly. On straight routes, Goodman is very fast.

Harris looks ready to play physically in the SEC, but he, like Goodman is buried under a ton of receivers that have already established themselves. "We have six guys that we can depend on right now," Eason said.

A.J. Bryant is really coming along at wide receiver. It does not appear that he will redshirt. Bryant's footwork is outstanding. He is big and fast. He, too, is buried in the depth chart and is not likely in the six receivers that Eason speaks of, but it seems that he will play some this season. He could surprise at that spot later this year.

Paul Oliver said that this season's wide receivers are more difficult to cover. "They are bigger and stronger. They also seem faster than in the past."


Ramarcus Brown is also having a solid camp. The true freshman broke up a sure Kenneth Harris touchdown catch by knocking the ball from his hands after the catch. Willie Martinez was impressed. Tre Battle also looked good today. Georgia will be able to depend on both in nickel situations.


The secondary, in general, had a good day. David Greene said that he was getting used to the new shoulder pads that the team in wearing. "But I am not making excuses," he said. The quarterbacks were not very sharp today. Both Thomas Davis and Derrick White had interceptions in pass skeleton drills.

"White does a good job in our system," said Brian VanGorder. "He knows how to play all three linebacker spots."

Danny Ware is confident in White, too: "He has handled the position change like a man. I hope that he can lead our team to a shutout against Georgia Southern."

White seemed a bit nervous at the start, but he seems to be embracing the challenge of starting in the middle.


Mike Gilliam is the scout team's option quarterback.


Ware continues to get reps at tailback while Michael Cooper recovers from his Achilles' heel injury. "He should be back in the next few days," said Ware of his teammate. Albert Hollis will continue to work with the running backs until Cooper returns.

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