2007 Fall Camp: Day Two News and Notes

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

STILL AROUND: A.J. Bryant hasn't given up – on himself or his dream.

The Peach County graduate is preparing for his final season in Athens and ready to make people forget that his first three years included only 22 receptions for 393 yards.

"Of course it's frustrating," said Bryant, who was the Class AAA offensive player of the year in 2002, "but I've come to the realization that you've just got to keep working, keep grinding and keep grinding. My career hasn't been all that since I've been here but I haven't given up. I'm just going to keep pushing, keep pushing because I believe something good will happen to me."

Bryant, who had his best year last season with 14 catches for 251 yards, still believes he has a chance to play in the NFL if he can have a breakout season this year.

"That's my dream," he said. "I've been dreaming that since I was 6 years old. That's why we play this game, be on TV, play on Sundays."

TACKLE ROTATION: Sophomore Geno Atkins is still working at starting defensive tackle alongside Jeff Owens, but defensive coordinator Willie Martinez said that spot is still open. Atkins, Kade Weston, Ricardo Crawford or Corvey Irvin could earn the job, Martinez said.

"My goal is to come out of camp with the starting job," Weston said.

SITTING IN: Now that he doesn't have to worry about coordinating the offense, Richt is spreading himself around more, he said. He spent Saturday morning in a special teams meeting and plans to be in plenty more of those throughout the season, he said.

"I want to learn more about what we're teaching and why at every position not just the ones I was more in tune to," he said. "I will say this, after just getting a little taste of it this morning, we've got some wonderful teachers. Our coaches are great teachers. I've got a great sense of peace about their ability to get it done."


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