Spotlight on Dawgs in weightroom

ATHENS – When he's asked to name one or two players on Georgia's football team for whom the offseason conditioning program is particularly important, Keith Gray can't stop at just a couple.

Gray, the Bulldogs' associate head strength coach, is in his 10th year at Georgia, and he thinks this offseason's program could mean to the world to dozens and dozens of players.

The list starts, of course, with Georgia's young offensive linemen, not just the players who rarely if ever played last year but the three rising sophomores who started for the Bulldogs in 2007. For two of those players, Clint Boling and Trinton Sturdivant, this will be their first full conditioning program with the team.

"This will be the time for them to make some huge gains," Gray said.

As for the offensive linemen who didn't play, or didn't play much, last year, Gray singled out Kiante Tripp and Justin Anderson. Tripp, a converted defensive end, needs to pack on pounds. Anderson, Gray said, just needs to pack on confidence.

"(Anderson) is as physically strong as anybody we've had and is very athletic," Gray said. "He just needs to mature a little bit because he is a gifted, gifted lineman."

On the defensive side of the ball, Gray singled out the obvious choice, defensive end Neland Ball (who needs to continue packing on pounds) but also linebackers Akeem Dent and Akeem Hebron.

And, how about this name? Running back Caleb King. King redshirted last year and has all the physical tools a back needs but a good offseason can mean the difference between good and great, Gray said.

"Everybody knows what a good running back he is supposed to be," Gray said. "Hopefully, if he puts his mind to his training, he can be as good as he's supposed to be."

The Bulldogs began their running and weight training last week and will hold their first mat drills session on Feb. 6.


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