"This is the first time I've had a red jersey on in a while," he said. "My knee feels great. I think today's practice was definitely a good one for the first day."
The only thing Bailey didn't like was where he lined up, that is behind starters Mohamed Massaquoi and A.J. Bryant. Not returning to the starting job he held before the injury will serve as motivation this spring, Bailey said.
"Oh yeah, definitely," he said. "It's a sense of pride. You want to be out there, and it's something that's going to push me and motivate me and make me work that much harder."
Bailey has 36 catches for 654 yards and seven touchdowns in three seasons. His junior season of 16 catches, 364 yards and four touchdowns is the best so far
"I'd really love to see him come back with confidence and the thought in mind of grabbing a starting position and holding everybody else off," Richt said.
What the Bulldogs need most out of Bailey is for him to bring back the deep threat he posed at the peak of the 2005 season.
"He does a great job of getting of a jam. He's got very good game speed, and he adjusts to the ball very well," Richt said. "I don't see any reason he shouldn't get back in the saddle there pretty quick."
"We're going to take a look at everyone who thinks he's a punter," Richt said. "We also know that (freshman Drew) Butler is coming in, and he's going to throw his hat in the ring pretty early and we'll make a decision maybe a few days out from the opening game. It may take that long."
SLIGHT CHANGE: Darius Dewberry was slated to be the starter at one outside linebacker position, but lined up behind Akeem Dent today during practice.