The 1st Freshmen Practice: What happened?

Dawgpost's Dean Legge was at Saturday night's practice. His story includes a roster with numbers of new players as well as his thoughts on the youngest Dawgs.

ATHENS – The 2002 season is officially underway for the Georgia Bulldogs. Thirty-four (34) freshmen reported to their first practice Saturday night at 7 pm.

The day started much earlier for the freshman, however, as they had their physicals at 7 am.

After moving through height and weight measurements, the freshmen prepared for the evening practice. The practice involved only helmet and shoulder pads, there was no physical contact among players.

Much of the emphasis of the practice dealt with the Georgia Staff teaching the young players how to be in a proper athletic position, or instilling core values of the Georgia program, like hustling from the end of the drill to the end of the line. Several of the coaches were heard crying out "finish the drill" to the young Dawgs.

Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt remained very quiet throughout the practice, allowing his assistant coaches to work. Richt mentioned last week at the SEC Media Days that he needed to improve his delegation skills.

OTHER NOTES:

Max Jean-Gilles was by far the largest player on the field Saturday. The coaching staff was consistently calling out his name during the drills performed. Jean-Gilles' size is what sets him apart from the rest of the team, including the offensive linemen.

The secondary looked very good Saturday night. Their overall speed and quickness is very impressive. Because this group of freshmen will be called on to play more than any other group, it is particularly important for Georgia to have good work from them. Saturday was a good sign as far as the freshmen secondary players is concerned.

The Georgia Sports Information Staff explained that Kedric Golston has fully recovered from the injury suffered earlier in the year. Any one that was at practice could see that Golston, for the freshmen group at least, is a man among boys. His size is impressive at a reported 6-4, 285. But that size coupled with his speed and impressive agility is what makes his potental look so promising.

There were nine walk-on players that were at practice Saturday night. Two of them, Adam Fleming, a 6-3, 260-pound offensive lineman, and Pete Kramer, a 6-1 215-pound linebacker, are from Georgia quarterback David Greene's alma mater, South Gwinnett.

Another Athens kicker? Perhaps Gordon Ely-Kelso is the heir apparent to current Georgia place kicker Billy Bennett. Ely-Kelso, from Athens' Clarke Central, would be another in a long line of kickers at Georgia originally from Athens.

Mark Richt has talked all season long about filling the long-snapper position. Adam Thornton, 6-1, 255, from Dalton High School, is in camp and was the only snapper listed on the freshmen roster.

2002 Georgia Freshmen

PLAYERS IN CAMP

Number Player Pos
2 DeMario Minter DB
5 Michael Cooper RB
11 BJ Fields DB
19 Marquis Elmore LB
23 Tim Jennings ATH
31 Tyson Browning ATH
35 Christopher Hickman FB
36 Bryan McClendon DB
39 Olaolu Sanni-Osomo DB
43 Tony Taylor LB
44 Marcus Jackson DE
51 Ray Gant DL
54 Dale Dixson DL
59 Aaron Scranton DL
65 Randall Swoopes OL
72 Daniel Inman OL
73 Bartley Miller OL
74 Max Jean-Gilles OL
77 Antonio Mercier OL
80 Mario Raley WR
81 Michael Turner TE
86 Cedric Heywood WR
87 Martrez Milner ATH
94 Quentin Moses DL
97 Kedric Golston DL
Antowin Clowers RB
Michael DiFore TE
Gordon Ely-Kelso PK
Adam Fleming OL
Pete Kramer LB
Rollins Luckey QB
Jamario Smith LB
Adam Thornton SN
John Youngblood LB

Dean Legge can be reached here: dean@dawgpost.com

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