2006 Media Days: Georgia News and notes

BIRMINGHAM – Georgia's football team will start fall camp in 10 days with just two offensive tackles, and the Bulldog coaches will hold their breath from there. "As far as experienced football players, we have no depth at tackle at least in the first two ball games," head coach Mark Richt said Wednesday in the opening session of SEC Media Days.

Due to the two-game suspension of Dan Inman, Ken Shackleford and Michael Turner will be Georgia's only tackles with any experience through the first two weeks. Still, the Bulldogs will not move guard Chester Adams back to tackle full-time unless Turner or Shackleford is injured, Richt said.

"We'll cross train (Adams) a little bit, and then you've got our true freshmen," Richt said.

The true freshmen linemen are John Miller, Josh Davis and Chris Davis, all of whom could be an option, Richt said.

The group will not include Clifton Geathers, The Telegraph learned Wednesday. Geathers committed to the Bulldogs following National Signing Day in February but never signed a letter-of-intent. He will attend a prep school this year and could come to Athens for the 2007 season, a source told The Telegraph.

STEP BACKWARD: After just recently holding out hope that wide receiver Sean Bailey would be ready to play this season, Richt doused those hopes Wednesday. Bailey, who caught two touchdown passes in the SEC Championship Game, tore his ACL during preparation for the Sugar Bowl.

"Bailey more than likely will redshirt," Richt said. "I think he could be ready somewhere along the line, but it's not very often that a guy in his first year off an ACL injury is really ready to play."

The Bulldogs held out hope for Bailey in part just to motivate the rising senior, Richt said.

"If a kid gets an ACL injury, and you say, you're not going to play for 18 months, 18 months is an eternity to those guys, and sometimes they won't work as hard as they should," he said. "The rehab the first couple months is much more important than the last months, so we wanted him to have the mind-set of getting ready to play."

FAMILY NEWS: Richt was happy Wednesday to discuss some ACC news. His oldest son, 16-year-old Jonathan, has received a scholarship offer from Clemson's football team. Jonathan Richt, a junior quarterback at Prince Avenue Christian Schools, attended a summer camp with the Tigers this year.

"The word leaked but that he got a scholarship offer from Clemson," Richt said. "It probably got leaked by me."

Clemson coach Tommy Bowden is a longtime friend of the Richts.

"I was excited for (Jonathan)," Richt said. "He's really kind of taken off on his work ethic. I'm happy for him and proud of him."

SAY WHAT?: Richt bucked the trend among college football coaches of bashing the Internet, if only briefly.

"I hate to admit it, but I think some of the Internet conversation in recruiting is healthy for us," he said.

His point is that it's tough for teams to cheat when most every detail of official visits by prospects ends up on Web pages thanks to talkative teenagers.

"It's more accountability for us," he said. "If a program is trying to do things they ought not do, then it's likely a kid is going to go tell it."

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