2007 Spring Practice: Day 1 News and Notes

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's news and notes from Georgia's spring practices.

BACK IN ACTION: Senior wide receiver Sean Bailey had a good day Monday if for no other reason than the color he was wearing. Bailey, who sat out last season due to a knee injury, was out of the team's no-contact green jersey, which he wore throughout 2006, and in a red one.

"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."

MIMBS FOR NOW: Junior Brian Mimbs, a Dublin graduate, heads into spring as the top candidate to replace punter Gordon Ely-Kelso, but he shouldn't get too comfortable.

"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."

Mimbs, a walk-on, has yet to punt in a game. He's best known for the onside kick that sparked Georgia's comeback over Virginia Tech in the Peach Bowl.

SLIGHT CHANGE: Darius Dewberry was slated to be the starter at one outside linebacker position, but lined up behind Akeem Dent today during practice.


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