Brock and Miller moving upward

ATHENS - Monday was a noteworthy day for veteran Georgia guards Josh Brock and Bartley Miller.

The players, who both are fighting to get their old jobs back, made some minor but noticeable progress as the Bulldogs returned to the field for their third week of spring practice.

Josh Brock moved into the starting lineup at least for a while as regular starter Nick Jones moved to center to take the place of the injured Russ Tanner. (Tanner sat out the practice due to knee and ankle injuries he suffered in Friday's scrimmage. He is expected back next week.)

"You hate to do that because of a teammate's injury, but I'm going to try to use it to fuel the fire, so to speak," Brock said.

Bartley Miller remains on the second team behind Max Jean-Gilles, but he was able to trade out his green, no-contact jersey for a regular red jersey like the rest of the offense.

"It's the first time I haven't been in green since... I can't remember the last time actually," he said. "It's a step in the right direction I guess."

Both players missed the 2004 season due to shoulder injuries, but both have said their shoulders feel fine. They reported no problems after completing Friday's full-contact work.

"We've been a little slower with Bartley than with Josh, but we haven't had any problems with either one of them," offensive line coach Neil Callaway said.

Brock caught head coach Mark Richt's eye during the scrimmage.

"You wouldn't even know (Brock) was hurt," Richt said.

INJURY UPDATE: Defensive tackle Kedric Golston was on crutches due to turf toe Monday. It's unclear when he'll be able to return.

"Until you've had turf toe, you never know," Richt said.

Golston said he expects to be back before the end of spring practice.

"I don't see any reason I wouldn't be," he said.

The linebacking corps was most affected by absences. Starting middle linebacker Tony Taylor missed practiced with a fever of 102 degrees. His backup, Josh Johnson, sat out after suffering a mild ankle sprain Friday. Backup strongside linebacker Derrick White missed practice to take a test.

Safety Tra Battle, a graduate of Mary Persons High School, sat out after aggravating a back injury during Friday's scrimmage.

Tanner's biggest problem is a mild high ankle sprain, Richt said. The Bulldogs moved Jones to center rather than using backup center Ryan Schnetzer because "Nick is one of the best linemen we've got," Callaway said.

"We're tring to get the best linemen on the field," he said.

Defensive end Quentin Moses was hampered again by a hamstring injury. He hasn't been completely healthy since the second spring practice, when he injured his hamstring. He's also battled illness.

"He's going as much as he can without fatiguing," Richt said.

Wide receiver Sean Bailey and linebacker Derrick White missed the practice due to class work.

THIS AND THAT: After watching tape of Friday's scrimmage, Richt said he was most impressed with his team's hustle on defense and pass protection on offense. ... Thomas Flowers is still the Bulldogs' No. 1 punt returner, but Mikey Henderson and Thomas Brown also are in the running, Richt said. ... T.J. Gartrell is the wide receiver who is practicing the hardest this spring, Richt said. "And because of that, he's getting better," Richt said. "I think he's practicing the hardest of all those guys and that wins a lot of points when you're deciding who to play in a really close race." Gartrell is on the second team now.

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