Tripp was moved from defensive end to tackle in preseason practice last year and appeared in eight games as a backup. Richt is making no promises about his ability, but he clearly has done something right.
"Right now, Kiante is doing everything you could ask him to do, and that's bust your tail in the weight room, bust your tail in mat drills," Richt said. "Now he just has to stick his hands on somebody and wear people out. We want him to lock on and move his feet and be able to pass protect the way he is capable of. There is going to be some competition out there no doubt, but I really like what Kiante has done."
LOOKING AHEAD?: Richt generally is very hesitant to predict which true freshmen will or won't play, particularly in spring practice, but he created some Internet buzz this week when he spoke favorably of A.J. Green's chances on a radio show
That's even more of a surprise considering Green, who was considered the nation's No. 2 high school wide receiver last year by Scout.com, has yet to join the team. Richt didn't back away from the comments Wednesday.
"I said my guess is he'll make a contribution to the team," Richt said. "How big a contribution depends on how well he does, but we'll give him a good crack at it. I want to see what that kid can do before we decide who plays and who doesn't."
INJURY UPDATE: Peach County native Darius Dewberry, a junior linebacker, is out due to a groin injury. He is expected to return to the practice field in two weeks.