Richt not impressed with Dawgs' effort

ATHENS – Georgia's football players returned from their spring break and continued their spring practices on Monday.

But Head Coach Mark Richt was not pleased with the effort of the Bulldogs in their first practice back.

"It was raggedy," he said. "Hopefully we'll get spring break out of our system. There were a few guys out there that looked good, but I was not real impressed with the overall effort today."

Richt and his coaching staff and their wives went to St. Lucia for their spring break.

Tra Battle returned to practice for the first time since a car accident sidelined him before spring break. However, Battle did not return to the number one safety spot he had before he sat out. That spot was filled by rising sophomore Kelin Johnson.

It also appears the quarterback rotation is being settled – for the time being. Joe Tereshinski is alone at number two quarterback right now, in front of redshirt freshman Blake Barnes.

Barnes was late for practice today as were Josh Johnson and Dannell Ellerbe. The three were punished during the stretching period with scores of up-downs.

Georgia's starting quarterback, D.J. Shockley had an ok day, according to Richt, but threw two passes that "should have been intercepted."

NOTES:

Green Jersey report (Injured players and all quarterbacks) – Marcus Jackson (DNP), Jarvis Jackson (DNP), Jemario Smith (back), Steve White, Olaolu Sanni-Osomo (DNP), Kregg Lumpkin (Knee), Bartley Miller (shoulder), and Michael Cooper (shoulder).

Tony Milton did not have a green practice jersey on for the first time since the Bulldogs started spring ball. Moses was late to practice as was Derrick White. Richt said White was taking the Regents Exam and that Moses may have been, too, but he was not certain of that.

Gordon Ely-Kelso continues to boom the ball on several punts during practice. Special teams practice took a significant portion of the Bulldogs' early practice time when the place kickers had a kicking competition from the Astroturf area of the practice facility. Several of Georgia's top skill players continue to work on special teams including tailbacks.

It seems hard to believe that Kelin Johnson will give up the starting safety spot after taking it over due to Tra Battle's injury. Johnson has excelled in the off-season and many think it was just a matter of time before he took the spot over. Johnson's ability on special teams was evident last season and his prowess on defense seems to be going the same way.

Today may have been D.J. Shockley's rustiest throwing performance of the spring, but it was still pretty good. Shockley seems to at ease with leading the team and his throwing this spring indicates that. Coaches have been impressed with his passing so far this spring.

Using so many skill players on special teams led the quarterbacks to throw primarily to themselves during the early part of practice.

HE SAID IT:

"I'm not enthralled about it, but I've got to do what is best for the team because if I don't then someone else will." – running back Danny Ware on splitting his time between fullback and tailback.

"Sleeping is a vacation in itself – it's a luxury." – defensive lineman Gerald Anderson on his spring break.

"I wrote him a note today." – Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt's response when asked if he had been in touch with Georgia Tech Head Coach Chan Gailey after the Yellow Jackets' top man suffered a heart attack.

"He'll run again." – Strength and Conditioning Coach Dave Van Halanger on Thomas Davis' desire to run again for NFL scouts at tomorrow's Georgia Pro Day. Davis did not run a time that he was pleased with at the NFL combine in Indianapolis last month. Georgia expects scouts from all NFL teams tomorrow as well as a few head coaches.


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