2008 Spring Practice: Day Four News and Notes

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

 RASH OF INJURIES: Offensive lineman Chris Little, a graduate of Twiggs County High School, will miss the rest of spring practice after having surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot. Little suffered the injury during mat drills, but the team had hoped he could participate in spring practice before having surgery.

 "You've got to look at it on the bright side, he's going to be a month ahead on the rehab," head coach Mark Richt said.

 Little, a third-string guard, is expected to be full strength by fall.

 The Bulldogs' injury list grew quite a bit Thursday, although none of the others are believed to be as serious as Little's.

 Sophomore tight end Bruce Figgins suffered an ankle sprain.

 "It could be a high ankle sprain that would keep a guy out the rest of spring, but usually on an ankle sprain you're thinking seven to 10 days, maybe even shorter," Richt said.

 Senior linebacker Marcus Washington suffered a shoulder injury to the same shoulder he has injured twice before.

 Freshman quarterback Logan Gray suffered a foot injury, but he is expected to be back on March 17 when the team returns to the practice field. (The Bulldogs will take off next week for spring break.)

 Defensive lineman Neland Ball (shoulder), linebacker Darius Dewberry (groin), offensive lineman Tanner Strickland (ankle) and wide receiver Demiko Goodman (leg) also are expected back March 17.

 HARD DAY: Georgia had its first full contact practice of the spring Friday, and the reaction of the offense worried Richt, he said.

 "I wasn't necessarily disgusted with the offense, but I was a little upset with the offense," he said. "I felt like in shorts when everybody knew there was no tackling, no contact, everybody was flying around, making plays, looking brave, and then we started having contact and, all of a sudden, we dropped more balls, we fumbled more balls. They weren't playing with as much confidence."

 The offense responded to a tongue-lashing by Richt and held up better in the final drill of the day, the coach said. Richt was pleased with the play of young backs Caleb King, Richard Samuel and Dontavius Jackson, he said.

 "(Samuel) actually picked up a linebacker blitz, not perfect but he struck him pretty darn good," Richt said.


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