2007 Spring Practice: Day 7 News and Notes

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

INJURY UPDATE: Senior running back Thomas Brown no longer has any doubt that he'll be ready to practice and play full speed this fall despite the torn ACL that cost him the final six games of 2006.

In fact, Brown said, he could get some work this spring, but he will resist the temptation. "I don't think it'd be smart," he said. "There's really no point. It would be the last week of spring before I could do anything, so I'll just take that time off and continue to rehab and get stronger."

Offensive tackle Josh Davis feared he had suffered a tore MCL last week but an MRI on Wednesday eased his mind, he said. Doctors diagnosed a mild strain, and he could be back Monday, he said.

Offensive tackle Vince Vance remains sidelined due to a strained PCL ligament. He could return Wednesday.

Richt recently received an update on all this spring's injured players, and head athletic trainer Ron Courson told him to expect all of them to be ready by the fall, with the lone exception of perhaps linebacker Marcus Washington (knee).

EXTRA INCENTIVE: First-year offensive line coach has an effective way of getting his point across. During one drill early in Friday's practice, Searels had his starting five offensive linemen working on their hand-placement technique against full speed rushers without their helmets. Any lineman who didn't get hands up quickly and forcefully enough was in danger of suffering a busted, or even broken, nose.

"I've seen enough (of the offensive line) to know we're heading in the right direction," Richt said. "I know they're being coached well."

PRACTICE REPORT: The Bulldogs held a short practice Friday afternoon to keep the players fresh for today's scrimmage, but the players took the light day too seriously, said Richt, who called the workout "lackluster."

"It wasn't just awful, awful, but it could have been canceled due to lack of interest," he said. "I even hated calling out the score, offense versus defense, because it just didn't seem like anybody cared all that much, but hopefully that'll be the calm before the storm."

Thirty to 40 top junior prospects are expected to attend today's scrimmage.

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