2006 Spring Practice: Day 11 News and Notes

ATHENS - News and notes from Georgia's spring practices.

SURPRISE BACK: Henderson hasn't been the only surprise on Georgia's offense. Richt can't stop talking about walk-on running back Jason Johnson either. Johnson is a junior from Chicago who has three carries in his collegiate career, but Richt told him after Friday's two-hour practice that he was "a stud."

"I watched film from Wednesday's practice, and he's just a really impressive back," Richt said. "He's just tough. He's just a player. He's a guy you can count on. He'll run block, he'll pass block."

None of that changes the fact that the Bulldogs already have three starter-quality tailbacks who are on scholarship. Still, Johnson might see some playing time because of the nature of the position and the fact that he can play tailback or fullback, Richt said.

"The guy that's holding the ball gets hit a lot," Richt said. "Sometimes he gets banged up. We feel very comfortable with Jason."

STILL SEARCHING: Weakside linebacker Tony Taylor joked Friday that he'd hold for field goals and extra points if that's where the team needs him. It may not be a joke before too long.

The Bulldogs still are unsettled at both snapper and holder, two positions that are overlooked until a crucial field goal or extra point never gets off the ground. Quarterback Joe Tereshinski held for Brandon Coutu during Friday's practice, but Richt would rather have a dedicated snapper and holder who can practice nothing but that position.

Jordan Wolf, Benjamin Boyd and Bo Fowler are currently competing for the holding job. Punter Gordon Ely-Kelso and Dublin's Brian Mimbs have worked some at holder. There's a chance a summer walk-on could help the team at either position.

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