2007 Fall Camp: Day Five News and Notes

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

ON DECK: True freshmen Rennie Curran and Charles White each are in the running for backup spots at linebacker.

"Those guys have got to be ready to play," linebackers coach John Jancek said. "I'm getting them ready just like I would be if they were a first- or second-teamer. They've got a lot to learn obviously, but they are two kids who are a pleasure to be around. They're willing to do whatever it takes. They're just the kind of kids you love to coach."

Curran is splitting time with redshirt freshman Darryl Gamble at backup weakside linebacker, and White is alternating with junior Marcus Washington at backup middle linebacker.

Curran played middle linebacker in high school but is adjusting well to the change, he said.

"I'll play anywhere they want me to play as long as it helps me get on the field," he said. "It's still kind of far down the line, but I definitely have been anticipating playing this year."

Washington missed the final two games of 2006 and all of spring practice due to a knee injury but is back on the field at near full speed, Jancek said.

"It does get sore on him, so we have to be cautious of his (repetitions) so we don't wear it out too bad in camp, but he looks good to me," Jancek said. "If something happened to Marcus, then Charles definitely has to be ready to go."

KNOX IN FOR NOW: Statesboro native John Knox will join Georgia for practice today, but he still has one more hurdle to clear before he's safely a Bulldog. Knox is awaiting approval from the NCAA Clearinghouse, but the NCAA allows players a 14-day grace period to practice with their teams while they wait for approval.

Knox, who is expected to play safety, will have to begin with the same five-day acclimatization period he's teammates just completed, meaning he can practice just once a day and can't have full contact during that time.

"He'll be off to the side probably doing things," Richt said. "He'll be in the meetings and all those type of things."

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