2007 Spring Practice: Day 2 News and Notes

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

STUCK IN THE MIDDLE: Last year, offensive lineman Fernando Velasco never felt comfortable in the middle of Georgia's offensive line. Velasco worked at center during several Bulldog practices in case Nick Jones needed an emergency backup.

This year, the 6-foot-4, 328-pound senior who played guard his first three years in Athens, looks like he'll be the team's full-time center, and, luckily for the Bulldogs, he's feeling better about the move.

"Now I'm feeling real good at center," he said.

First-year offensive line coach Stacy Searels told Velasco in their first face-to-face meeting that he should plan on playing center, Velasco said.

"I pretty much knew I was going to play center anyway," he said. "Coach Richt had pretty much told me I was going to be a center so I had been working on it."

If redshirt freshman Chris Davis develops, he could still end up being Georgia's center, but Velasco is planning on holding down the spot all year, he said Wednesday.

ANOTHER COMMITMENT: Statesboro's Deangelo Tyson, considered by some the best defensive lineman in the state, made a verbal commitment Wednesday to play for the Bulldogs, according to Scout.com.

Tyson, who attended Wednesday's practice, is 6-foot-2, 275 pounds. He also was recruited by Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Georgia Tech, and he becomes the Bulldogs' ninth verbal commitment for the Class of 2008.

PRACTICE REPORT: Georgia will put on shoulder pads for today's practice and then have full-contact work on Friday.

"I did see an awful lot of good enthusiasm and energy," Richt said. "It seems like they're enjoying it and that's good. You want a bunch of guys who enjoy the game and really enjoy each other. That's what I'm seeing so far. I'm sure tomorrow we'll see a few fist fights, but that's all part of it."

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