Fall Camp 2006: Day One News and Notes

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's News and notes from Georgia's 2006 Fall Camp. The Bulldogs are ranked 14th in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, which was released late last week.

Danny Verdun Wheeler isn't lobbying for a switch in defensive philosophies, but he wouldn't argue if the Bulldogs switched from their traditional 4-3 to a 3-4 alignment.

"I didn't say that now," he said.

The move would make sense for Verdun Wheeler, a senior who has become the odd man out in the linebacker rotation. After starting 18 games in the last two years, he enters this season as Brandon Miller's backukp on the strongside. He also can back up the middle and weakside positions.

"People might think it's frustrating," he said of his super sub status, "but I think it's an advantage. I'm learning more and more about the defense. That's a bonus as far as NFL teams."

ON THE CORNER: There are positions at which Georgia is worried about its depth. Cornerback is not one of them.

Junior Paul Oliver is a lock to start at one spot, and Thomas Flowers is penciled in at the other.

"Thomas had a very good spring," defensive coordinator Willie Martinez said. "It wasn't like somebody jumped out and took the job from him."

However, true freshman Asher Allen wowed the coaches during spring practice. There's also the incoming Prince Miller, the player of the year in South Carolina last year, and redshirt freshman Bryan Evans and redshirt sophomore Ramarcus Brown.

That's not a problem for Martinez, who said he would rotate five players at the position if five proved worthy.

"Oh yeah, that'd be great," he said. "It opens up more opportunities for you on defense."

WOUNDED TIGHT END: Senior tight end Martrez Milner practiced with a large cast on his left hand Saturday after dropping a dumbbell on the middle finger of that hand earlier in the day. Milner broke the small bone above his top knuckle but doesn't expect to miss practice time. The cast will be gone by the team's Sept. 2 opener against Western Kentucky, he said.

THIS AND THAT: Richt did not name a starting quarterback Saturday. … Lineman Geno Atkins will play defensive tackle, Richt said. … Wide receiver Sean Bailey said Friday he definitely will redshirt this season. … Quarterbacks Joe Tereshinski, Blake Barnes, Joe Cox and Matthew Stafford took time for a round of golf Thursday. Tereshinsi and Barnes bested Cox and Stafford in a best ball format. "We got them good," Barnes said.


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