Howard moves to DE; Offense looks better

ATHENS – It's certainly spring in Athens. That's the only explanation for the back-and-forth in weather in the past few days. The Bulldogs practiced in 80 degree weather – nearly 30 degrees warmer than their last practice on Monday.

The Bulldogs scrimmaged once more today, and this time the offense had more success.

"It was a lot better today," said quarterback D.J. Shockley. "It was better than the other day."

"We looked pretty good," agreed running back Danny Ware.

The Bulldogs scrimmaged Friday, and the defense did not allow much offensive production. But today the offense did well enough to keep extend practice by a few minutes.

"Overall the offense had a good day today. There was good running by Thomas Brown and Danny Ware; Tony Milton had two good runs as well. Demiko Goodman made a great catch and got hit hard, but he still held onto the ball. The wide receivers had a good day today. They got after it and didn't back down to the older cornerbacks. In the past I don't think they did that very much," said Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt.

The offense scored on 6 of 8 goal line situations, which is not common. "That's the first time that's happened around here in a long time," said Richt. Greg Blue was the reason the offense didn't go 8 for 8. "He was the reason for those two stops – he was in on both tackles."

One member of the Bulldog defense changed positions today. Marcus Howard, a former linebacker, has been trying his luck at defensive end for a while, but that move will now be more concrete.

"He showed good signs of being a good pass rusher. He held up to the 300-pounders today. He got a lot of reps during our scrimmage. He may struggle against the run right now, but he could give grief to teams passing the ball," said Richt.

Richt said the staff came to Howard, whose brother played the same exact position at Clemson, regarding the move to defensive end. "We thought it would give him a better chance to play."

Georgia welcomed members of Georgia's faculty to practice today. Reportedly players spoke with professors who teach in the field they would like to pursue as a career. The team and faculty ate dinner together after practice.

Richt was very upbeat about the practice calling it "near" the level of last week's practice. That practice, he admitted, was the best of his time in Athens.


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

Sean Bailey and Derrick White returned to practice, but Russ Tanner (ankle), Kedric Golston (turf toe) and Tony Taylor (ill) missed practice again. "I'll be back at the start of next week at the latest for sure," said Tanner of his ankle, which was heavily taped, but its not said to be serious.

Joe Tereshinski, who has been the number two quarterback behind D.J. Shockley all spring, injured himself playing a pickup softball game. He missed practice today, but should return soon.

"He scraped himself on the leg," said Richt.

Brannon Southerland worked for a short time at tailback today, but he said that was not something that was likely to continue into the fall. "I played tailback in high school, but it was not something I was expecting to do in college. I played a little tailback today, but that was because of the number of running backs not because I am changing positions," he said. Southerland is battling Des Williams for the starting fullback job.

The fullbacks are not only competing against one another, but are also competing just to get reps in the Georgia offense.

"They are competing against one another, but they are also competing against other positions. Sets we use in the offense could displace them if we are using other units, so they are competing against other units, too," said Richt. "But I am pleased with the fullbacks – don't count them out. They are two good, SEC-quality fullbacks."

Working out – Georgia's soon-to-be NFL players worked out once more today, but this time for one team only – the Miami Dolphins. Former LSU Head Coach Nick Saban was in attendance as was much of the Dolphins staff to take in the likes of David Pollack, David Greene, Arnold Harrison, Reggie Brown, Odell Thurman, and Thomas Davis. Only Jeremy Thomas, who is still recovering from a leg injury, missed the workout.

"They all did well," said Saban. "Greene did a good job of throwing the ball, and the wide receivers ran good routes. It was fun to be around all of them."

Saban specifically talked about Pollack and Davis and their positions at the next level. "I think it's a compliment for both of them. Pollack runs well enough to stand up, but he made so many plays with his hand on the ground. I think some teams want him to play outside linebacker if they run a 3-4 defense," he said.

"Davis can probably play either safety or linebacker. He enhances your chances to win because you can only take so many players onto the field each week. Him being able to play both is not a problem," said Saban.

Busting through – Antonio Sims, Brannon Southerland, and Brandon Miller made good enough plays on special teams to merit praise from guru Jon Eason during the special teams portion of practice.

Andy Bailey and Brandon Coutu continue their kicking battle. With Coutu going first, the two exchanged kicks – starting at the 20 yard line and moving back until both attempted a 40-yard kick from the left hash. Coutu made all four of his kicks, but it appeared Bailey missed his final kick.


"It's hot out here, and it's not going to get any cooler." – Offensive lineman Daniel Inman speaking to his fellow linemen during a blocking drill.

"We have a second home right next to Coach Dooley; we have a lot of friends in Athens; it was the only school I hated playing." – Former LSU Head Coach Nick Saban about playing Georgia. Saban's Tigers beat the Bulldogs twice in 2003 on the way to the national title, but the Bulldogs blew the Tigers out in 2004 in Athens.

"We are playing different positions that we are not used to. I played a little at wide receiver today – I've played it more (this spring) than in the past." – Running back Thomas Brown on the offense of the Bulldogs. Brown, Danny Ware, and Kregg Lumpkin are all competing for playing time at the running back spot, but have been used in several different positions on offense.

"Tired, tired, tired; we got down on ourselves and we can't do that in the fall." – Running back Danny Ware on the reason the offense struggled during the first scrimmage of the season.

"Sometimes words are hollow – be productive." – Head Coach Mark Richt on being a leader. I asked him if you have to be vocal to be a leader on the team.

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