2007 Fall Camp: Day One News and Notes

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's news and notes from day one of Georgia's fall camp.

NO PROMISES: No jobs have been handed out in Georgia's crowded offensive backfield, Richt said. The Bulldogs lined up a talented quartet Saturday afternoon of seniors Kregg Lumpkin and Thomas Brown, redshirt freshman Knowshon Moreno and incoming freshman Caleb King.

King was the rated one of the nation's top 10 running backs coming out of Norcross, but he faces an uphill battle to get on the field this year.

"He feels like he's worked hard, and he's trying to learn everything, but obviously he has a lot to learn," Richt said. "That'll be the thing, how quickly can he learn what to do? By no means am I saying he's a redshirt. He may be the best back we've got, I don't know."

DEEP MEN: Brown, who is returning from an ACL injury suffered in the seventh game last season, will again return kickoffs, he said. Brown was lost for the season on a kickoff return against Vanderbilt last year.

Asher Allen, Knowshon Moreno, Ramarcus Brown and King also are trying out for a spot returning kickoffs, he said.

POSITION SWITCH: Incoming freshman Justin Houston will start his collegiate career at strongside linebacker rather than his high school position, defensive end.

"His body type really fits (linebacker) right now," Richt said. "He may grow into a more pure d-end before it's over, but we'd like to see what he can do at linebacker. I think he feels he has a much better chance to help this team this year at SAM linebacker than at defensive end this year."

THIS AND THAT: Ian Smith, who quit the team Friday, has suffered from concussions, migraine headaches and neck injuries since early in his career, and that contributed to his decision to leave, Richt said. Smith will remain in school. Kevin Perez and Perry native Ben Harden, an incoming freshman, will back up Fernando Velasco at center. … Junior linebacker Marcus Washington, who missed 2006 due to a knee injury, was on the field and appeared full speed. … Twiggs County offensive lineman Chris Little, a freshman, was in a green, no-contact jersey and wearing a cast on his right wrist. Little did not make it through practice and finished the afternoon doing conditioning drills in the weight room. …

High school standouts Ben Jones and A.J. Harmon attended Georgia's practice Saturday. Jones has verbally committed to Georgia, and Harmon has committed to Clemson. … Walk-on Tripp Taylor, who has been charged with simple assault, a misdemeanor, was at practice. … Former Georgia kicker Kevin Butler came out to see his son, freshman punter Drew Butler.


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