2006 Fall Camp: Day 15 News and Notes

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's news and notes from Georgia's 15th day of fall camp.

LOOKING BETTER: Richt is cautiously optimistic about his first-team offensive line. That wasn't the case at the beginning of camp, and the improved play of his offensive tackles – Michael Turner and Ken Shackleford – is the reason for his turnaround.

"I like how Turner and Shack are coming along in pass protection," Richt said. ‘I was a little concerned, but they're doing a pretty good job."

Turner and Shackleford have faced stiff competition this preseason because defensive ends coach Jon Fabris has first team defensive ends Quentin Moses and Charles Johnson practicing with the second-team defense, meaning they work against the first-team offense in drills. The reason is two-fold. First, it gives Moses and Johnson a bigger challenge, and, second, Georgia's second-team offensive tackles simply can't block them.

With the young guys, (Turner and Shackleford) are dominating, and with Q and Charles, they're holding their own," Richt said.

ON THE MEND: Freshman linebacker Darius Dewberry (groin) expects to be back at practice Thursday and doesn't think the week he has missed will affect his chances of playing this year,

"As long as I come back in and pick up where I left off, I should be fine," he said Tuesday after jogging during the Bulldogs' afternoon practice.

Defensive ends Kiante Tripp (knee) and Jeremy Lomax returned to practice Tuesday.

Wide receiver Demiko Goodman popped up on the injury list but only due to a mild hamstring sprain. Several Bulldog receivers – including Mikey Henderson, A.J. Bryant and Kris Durham – have been slowed by hamstring soreness, but all are expected to be ready for the season-opener.

THIS AND THAT: Thomas Brown and Mikey Henderson have been named the Bulldogs top two kickoff returners. … Defensive tackle Ray Gant missed Tuesday's practice due to a death in the family.

… Georgia had to cut Tuesday's workout 35 minutes short due to a heavy rain and lightning in the area.

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