G-Day: News and Notes

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's news and notes from G-Day in Athens.

TURNAROUND: If Georgia's offensive line was the No. 1 area of concern heading into spring, then the wide receiving corps was a clear No. 2. Following the lead of the line, the receivers also stepped up Saturday.

Sophomore Kris Durham led all pass catchers with 137 yards and two touchdowns on six grabs. He had a 60-yard catch and sprint for a score and a diving 20-yard touchdown catch.

"He had some times this spring where he had his head down and was wondering if he could compete at this level, I think," Richt said. "We had a little talk and I said, ‘You just work as hard as you can to reach your full potential. If that's not good enough, fine, but I don't think we're seeing your best. Don't worry about the end result, just worry about the process of doing everything right.' I think that's what he's doing now."

Redshirt freshman Tony Wilson also caught the eye of his offensive teammates, catching three passes for 53 yards and a touchdown on a 32-yard halfback pass from Jason Johnson.

"There was a lot of wind, and I told JJ just let it go and I'll go get it," Wilson said. "It felt good. I feel that I still have it."

Wilson would have had another score but was underthrown by Durham on a reverse pass attempt.

TWO BRIGHT SPOTS: A defense that was searching for positives Saturday evening found two in youngsters Reshad Jones and Michael Lemon.

Jones, a redshirt freshman starting at safety on the second team defense, had three tackles, including one huge hit on Johnson, and an interception. He also dropped another interception.

"He's had a great spring," defensive coordinator Willie Martinez said. "He's just got to get better. Hopefully, he'll get stronger and learn the defense so he can feel comfortable and we can feel comfortable with him playing there every down."

"That big hit really woke me and up and made me feel I was really here in college," Jones said.

Lemon, a redshirt freshman from Macon who started on the second-team defensive line, led his group with five tackles.

"It was a pretty good day, stuff just fell into place," he said.

SAFE DAY: Georgia escaped Saturday's game, and all of spring practice in fact, without a player suffering a significant injury, Richt said. Cornerback Bryan Evans suffered a wrist injury in the game, but it isn't believed to be serious, Richt said. Wide receiver Kenneth Harris did not play due to a pulled hamstring, Harris said.

Of the Bulldogs who sat out spring due to injury, only linebacker Marcus Washington is questionable for a fall return, Richt said earlier this spring.

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