2008 Fall Camp: Day Nine News and Notes

ATHENS - David Hale's news and notes from Georgia's fall camp.

TAKING A DIVE: Georgia's players were set to report for the morning session of their third two-a-days practice of the year Wednesday, but instead earned a nice surprise from head coach Mark Richt.

Rain washed out practice, but Richt told the team to meet for a walkthrough at the Ramsey building, where the school's pool is located.

"We got in there and stretched a little bit, then I told them we wanted to get nice and flexible so no one pulled a hamstring off the high dive," Richt said. "So they got the picture."

Players spashed and swam and took some jumps off the diving board, including a 10-meter high dive – an initiation ritual for the freshmen Richt said can be a bit scary.

"A lot of these guys are afraid of heights and some of them don't know how to swim," Richt said. "Of course, we had lifeguards here. Some of the guys got over their fear of heights a little bit. It's good for team building and it builds those guys' confidence."

Freshman safety Baccari Rambo had to be coaxed off the high dive with a few cheers from his teammates, but one Bulldog who wasn't afraid to show his stuff was Richt.

The head coach took two jumps off the 10-meter dive, doing back flips each time, but wasn't sure they were gold-medal caliber dives.

"I thought I hit them pretty good," Richt said. "I don't know if I was truly vertical, I don't know how big the splash was, but at least I landed on my feet, so that was good."

It was more than enough to impress his players, however, several of whom gave him glowing reviews.

"He makes it look real easy," Tripp said. "I wouldn't dare get up there myself, but coach Richt gets a 100 percent right there."

COVER BOYS: ESPN announced Knowshon Moreno would be its cover boy for its annual college football preview issue, making it the second major national publication to feature the Bulldogs' running back.

The first magazine to feature Moreno was Sports Illustrated, which used a picture that also included Matthew Stafford and Dannell Ellerbe. Ellerbe, however, almost missed the shoot.

The senior linebacker had been sporting a goatee throughout the summer, but team policy required he shave before appearing on the magazine's cover. Ellerbe didn't like that rule.

"He resisted it a little bit, and they came to me about it," Richt said.

Richt's response was fair – Ellerbe didn't have to shave, but if he didn't, he wouldn't be appearing on the cover.

"He showed up the next day clean-shaven with a big smile on his face," Richt said.

NOT EASY BEING GREEN: Moreno and Ellerbe both sported green jerseys at Wednesday's afternoon practice session.

Moreno has been in green to avoid significant contact since last week with a sore shoulder.

"It's bothering him, it's not 100 percent right now," Richt said. "When you're a running back and you lower your shoulder to take on tacklers, it's going to get sore."

Ellerbe is suffering from a rotator-cuff bruise, Richt said, calling the injury "nothing serious."


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