New uniforms and Dawgs get in full pads

ATHENS – The Bulldog nation can relax - Georgia's new uniforms are just fine.

Georgia's brand new uniforms look similar to their old ones – the colors are still red and black, but the trim has changed slightly. That turned out to be the big news of the day. Otherwise, Head Coach Mark Richt and the rest of the Bulldogs are getting ready for the annual G-Day game on Saturday.

"There will be a half time kicking contest between Brandon Coutu and Andy Bailey," said Richt. "They'll got five kicks each, and if they make all five we'll keep on going until someone misses."

The status of several players on the team is in question. Russ Tanner and Kedric Golston are doubtful; Brannon Southerland is 50/50; and Bartley Miller is likely. All four missed today's practice.

The team will be divided into two teams: D.J. Shockley will work with one group while Joe Tereshinski and Blake Barnes will work with the other. Tereshinski could work with Shockley's group, but Richt said that would be decided the day of the game.

During today's practice Richt said Greg Blue had the biggest hit. Richt also said Tyson Browning had a nice run, and that fullback Des Williams had a nice day of blocking and running. Richt added that Quinton Moses made a nice play or two.

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 Kedric Golston (turf toe), and Brannon Southerland (concussion). Russ Tanner was not practicing today, either.

Special teams continued to be the focus of the Bulldogs for this practice. The Dawgs spent almost all the early period of their workout on special teams. Three players looked particularly good during the "thud", or not full contact, drills – Bryan McClendon, Kelin Johnson, and Thomas Brown.

Brown, who may or may not return punts next season, seemed more than able to do that chore, if necessary. Thomas Flowers continues to be the punt return specialist, but Brown would likely get a long look at that spot if he were not fighting for the starting tailback spot. Brown took another return back today without being touched.

Johnson continues to out-physical players in the open field. He looks to be not only the next great safety at Georgia, but also, perhaps, its next special teams star.

McClendon, who is currently a starting wideout, got praise from Jon Fabris for his play during punt return work. McClendon has been buried behind Fred Gibson and Reggie Brown for the last three seasons at wide receiver.

Back to the three quarterbacks, Mike Bobo and his crew continue to workout with centers, but today there were not enough centers to go around. Russ Tanner missed practice again, and Blake Barnes was forced to simulate having a center all day.

Andy Bailey and Brandon Coutu continued their kicking battle today, but neither was crisp. 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 missed what seemed to be a 42-yard kick, as did Bailey. But Bailey missed the 42-yarder as well as the 35-yarder that preceded the final kick.

The two are said to be neck and neck, so it seems the number one position will be determined at Saturday's G-Day game. Although Bailey has a scholarship and the bigger leg, it appears from everything I have seen this spring that Coutu will likely be the number-one kicker going into the fall.

TURNING HEADS: Michael Turner, who went through a difficult off-season has caught the eye of his head coach. "He has thrown his hat into the ring at tackle," said Richt. Turner is currently playing tackle, center and guard for the Bulldogs.

RECRUITING: Georgia picked up another offensive line commitment today and Richt noticed that as well. "The fact that we signed so few offensive linemen – there is an obvious need at that spot. There is an unbelievable opportunity at Georgia, and people are responding," he said.

OLD FRIENDS: Both Terrence Edwards and Orantes Grant were at today's practice. The two starred for the Bulldogs, but they only played one season together – 1999. Grant was an All-SEC (2nd team) selection that season, and Edwards made Freshman All-American. Terrence's brother Robert Edwards was supposedly in Athens, but was not seen at practice.

HE SAID IT:

"I've got to find it – what channel is it going to be on?" – Head Coach Mark Richt when a reporter said Boise State's spring game was going to be to on TV.

"I'd say a B or B+." – Quarterback D.J. Shockley on his play this spring.

"B is a good judgment. Some of the things that make him special are not being shown now because we blow the whistle before anyone gets close to him." – Richt again, this time talking about D.J. Shockley's self-given grade for the spring.

"I'm pleased where it's all at." Offensive line coach Neil Callaway on the status of the offensive line.

"The skill players love them – it's the linemen that are worried about how they will look." – Cornerback Tim Jennings on the Bulldogs' new uniforms, which he and Demario Minter modeled for the press.


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