Cold and windy - Dawgs continue practice

ATHENS – Georgia practiced in cold and windy weather again this afternoon. This time the Bulldogs were in shoulder pads and shorts.

But there was little news from the short practice according to Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt.

"We just went over a few things we saw during the scrimmage from Saturday," he said.

Richt said in reviewing the film from Saturday's scrimmage that the defense did indeed look outstanding.

"The overall hustle of the defense was outstanding," he said. "Our two cornerbacks dominated play."

Richt also added that pass protection was good and that Josh Johnson, who has been getting a lot of praise this spring, delivered several powerful blows during the event.

"I really like the way Brandon Miller, Josh Johnson, and Dannell Ellerbe are coming together," said Richt. "And I like what Ray Gant is doing at defensive end – I think it fits him well."

NOTES:

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

Bartley Miller was in a red contact jersey for the first time this season. He had been in a green non-contact for the entire spring and for the memorable past. Several players missed practice today: Tony Taylor (ill); Sean Bailey (test); Derrick White (class); Russ Tanner (rehabilitating high ankle problem, which is said not to be serious).

Kedric Golston left practice on crutches as he is now dealing with a turf toe injury. "It's hard to know how painful those things are until you have to deal with one," said Richt.

Working out – Georgia defensive lineman David Pollack was at Georgia's practice facility workout out for another pro scout. Although the two were off in the distance, it appeared the Houston Texans were the team working him out. If the Texans were not the franchise working out the potential first rounder, it was a team like Dallas or Buffalo whose primary color is blue.

Moved – Georgia's old 1980 national championship trophy has been moved. A new and more modern one has taken its place. The new one is remarkably similar to the current Coaches' national title presented at BCS ball games. The old "gold" national title trophy had a specific spot built for it in at Sanford Stadium's Press Box.

Riding – Both Dale Dixson and Quention Moses rode bicycles at the start of practice to get loosened up. Moses, whose hamstring has been causing problems of late, uses it to stretch before practice.

Young Ones – Richt mentioned Mohamed Massaquoi and Mike Moore by name when talking about the wide receiver situation for new season.

HE SAID IT:

"Fred and Reggie had to go through the same thing we are going through right now." – Wide receiver Bryan McClendon on the ‘pressure' being put on the young wide receivers to perform now.

"He's fun to watch. He's a guy that took the long road to get here now and I think he appreciates everything he's got now." – Mark Richt on his tight end Leonard Pope

"This year we changed so many things – its been a learning process for everyone." – Wide receiver T.J. Gartrell, who Richt has pointed out as a up-and-coming receiver for the Bulldogs.


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