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Richt to await decison on Corner Brandon Williams

Georgia coach Mark Richt said Friday night he will wait to announce a decision about the future of cornerback Brandon Williams until he can confer with Georgia athletics director Vince Dooley and University of Georgia president Dr. Michael Adams.

ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia coach Mark Richt said Friday night he will wait to announce a decision about the future of cornerback Brandon Williams until he can confer with Georgia athletics director Vince Dooley and University of Georgia president Dr. Michael Adams.

Williams was acquitted of rape charges by a Superior Court jury in Athens Friday night. A top backup cornerback on the team in 2001, Williams has been suspended pending the outcome of  the trial.  Williams was charged with rape, aggravated assault and aggravated battery as a result of a Jan. 12 incident involving a Georgia female student on campus.  

Two Georgia basketball players - Steve Thomas and Tony Cole - await separate trials for their alleged roles in the incident.  Richt said earlier this month that if he had already decided Williams did not belong on the team, he would have announced that decision. Even so, Richt took a cautious approach to Friday night's surprisingly fast verdict.  "I'm not going to do anything until I talk to Coach Dooley and President Adams,'' Richt said after a scrimmage at Sanford Stadium.

  • Greene shines in scrimmage: Richt said quarterback David Greene was sharp while directing the Georgia offense against a Clemson scout team Friday night. Greene threw touchdown passes to Michael Johnson and Fred Gibson. D.J. Shockley recovered from a shaky start to close the first half with another touchdown pass to Johnson.  Greene played the first quarter and Shockley played the second quarter of the simulated game.  Tony Milton and Tyson Browning had touchdown runs of 29 and 28 yards, respectively, while playing behind Musa Smith on the Georgia offense.  Billy Bennett hit field goals attempts of 23 and 45 yards but missed an extra-point attempt.  Freshman Max Jean-Gilles filled in at offensive tackle for Kareem Marshall, who has been out with a sprained neck but may return for a light practice today.  Richt also said he was impressed with the play of freshman quarterback Joe Tereshinski III, who directed the Clemson scout team offense.  The team will enter its normal game-week schedule on Monday for next Saturday's 7:45 p.m. opener against Clemson, to be televised by ESPN.

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