Cooper, Cook leave the Dawgs

ATHENS – Georgia's football program had several personnel changes today including three players that are no longer with the team and one player that was awarded a scholarship.

Michael Cooper, Richard Cook, and Marcus Jackson will no longer play for the Bulldogs. Jackson has decided to leave the team for medical issues (blot clot). He did not play in 2004. Cooper, who was buried in the running back depth chart and has battled with injures, left the program for personal reasons. Cook also left the team for personal reasons. Both Cooper and Cook are likely headed for a I-AA program, but Richt did not say which one. When asked specifically about Georgia Southern Richt did not comment.

"Cook decided to move on, but I am not sure where," said Richt. "My guess would be that it will be I-AA."

"It just didn't work out for him," said Richt of Cooper. "He decided to leave in order to get more playing time. My guess with him is I-AA as well, but I think he is a little less certain about where he is going."

Ryan Schnetzer, a rising senior and former walk-on was awarded a scholarship today as a result of the three departures. "He probably earned it before this year," said Richt. "He was first on the list of walk-ons."

The loss of Cook and Jackson means the Bulldogs' already thin defensive tackle rotation just got thinner. However, Richt said at this time there were no plans to move a player from offense to the defensive line.

The Bulldogs will hold their first scrimmage of the spring on Friday. The scrimmage is closed.


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

Tyson Browning was in a green non-contact jersey for the first time this spring. He said he had a pinched nerve in his shoulder. Quinton Moses returned to practice in a regular jersey. He was wearing a green non-contact jersey before spring break.

No changes have occurred in the place kicking competition – Brandon Coutu still leads Andy Bailey and Brian Mimbs in that category. All three kickers made their kicks, but Coutu still seems to be the most consistent with ball placement through the uprights. The Bulldogs focused on special teams once more today as the majority of the non-lineman positions worked out at the start of practice.

Thomas Brown returned a punt for a touchdown, but, as usual, players did not tackle on the play. However, it appeared that Brown would not have been touched even if the drill were live. Coaches are urging A.J. Bryant to get more intense on special teams.

Mike Bobo was expecting a lot of the back up tight ends when he and his quarterbacks were working with them today. Bobo wants those players, as well as the rest of the receivers to stop trapping the ball with their pads and start catching it with their hands.

Bobo's quarterbacks, D.J. Shockley, Joe Tereshinski, and Blake Barnes, all worked on throwing out patterns to receivers. Shockley seemed on target most of the afternoon, but wind played havoc with some of his longer throws.

Tereshinski's throws seem pretty well on target most of the time. His improvement over the last few years is staggering. However, he is not near the level of Shockley at this time. Nor is Barnes at the level of Tereshinski as this moment. Barnes' throws were not on target in terms of the side of the body Bobo wants the ball delivered to. Bobo makes quarterbacks that throw bad throws go at get the incomplete – Barnes was made to pick up at least three of his own passes.


"We could move the coaches out there. We had four tackles today. I wish (the defensive linemen signed in February) were here now. We need more depth. That is a critical area." – Georgia defensive line coach Rodney Garner on the loss of Marcus Jackson and Richard Cook's departure.

"He is doing well on the outside, but I am praying for him." – defensive end Quentin Moses on Jackson's departure.

"You can't really be honored any more than to have your jersey retired." – center Russ Tanner on having his high school jersey retired at Johnson County High School. Herschel Walker also attended Johnson County.

"They are like two peas in a pod." – Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt on defensive tackles Kedric Golston and Gerald Anderson.

"I was kind of grinning. It was good for my heart." – Richt again, this time talking about practice. Richt said the practice might have been the best since he was in Athens. The Bulldogs also went 22 periods today – the longest period of the spring.

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