08/18/2007 - Georgia Practice News and Notes

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

PICTURE DAY: Joe D'Angelo of Athens set a record this weekend, waiting 13 hours in line to get a pass to have his picture made with Uga VI at Saturday's picture day. The ticket window opened at 9 a.m. Saturday. D'Angelo was in line at 8 p.m. Friday.

Richt didn't earn the same amount of respect. The first person in line for his tickets was Wayne Parker of Jackson, who arrived at 4:30 a.m.

A GOOD FIT?: Although the Brandon Miller-to-middle-linebacker experiment was a bust, Georgia may not be in bad shape at that position. With Miller going back to his normal spot at strong side linebacker, junior Dannell Ellerbe is taking over the middle.

That's fine with Ellerbe, who likes the faster style of what the Bulldogs call their Mike linebacker position.

"Don't get me wrong, it's all about (assignments), but at Mike you get to be more aggressive," he said. "I've got more of a chance of making a play. I just like the leadership role I have at Mike, getting the boys ready."

Richt noticed during Saturday's practice that Ellerbe is embracing the vocal part of his new position.

"I'm seeing Ellerbe kind of try to step up in that role a little," he said. "He does a good job of calling the defense and recognizing what's going on offensively and talking about responsibilities."

WAITING GAME: Brown is seeing the benefit of patience this season, he said. One of the senior's goals entering preseason practice was to slow down and wait for his blocks.

"I was overrunning a lot of plays last preseason and it carried over into the season, but this season I've been real relaxed and patient, letting things set up," he said. "I've got to realize that (the offensive linemen) might not be moving as fast as I am sometimes so I have to slow down and when I see (a hole), hit it."

INJURY UPDATE: Evans pronounced himself 93 percent recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out of more than a week of practice.

"I can run, but I can't open up like I want to," he said. "Hopefully, I can work my way into going full speed."

Tight end Tripp Chandler returned from a rib injury but suffered a minor setback and may miss Monday's practice, Richt said.

True freshman running back Caleb King has missed four days due to a hamstring injury and probably won't be back until at least Wednesday. Richt didn't rule out King playing this year, but the injury makes it even more unlikely than it was two weeks ago.

True freshman tight end Bruce Figgins also has seen his chances of playing this year diminish due to an injury. Richt didn't know the nature of Figgins' injury, but the Columbus native was walking gingerly before Saturday's practice.

"If he was healthy and had gotten every rep to this point, we would be leaning more toward playing this guy," Richt said.

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