2008 Fall Camp: Day 12 News and Notes

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

STAYING PUT: Freshman tailback Richard Samuel has been one of the preseason's big stars, according to several of the Bulldogs' players. At just 17 years old, Samuel is challenging redshirt freshman Caleb King for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, has turned in several impressive performances in scrimmages and is being worked as a possible kick returner.

In addition to his quick feet, Samuel has also shown some soft hands. Head coach Mark Richt said Samuel took a toss from Stafford in Friday's scrimmage for a big gain, then later made an impressive shoestring catch to pick up a major chunk of yardage.

"He caught a really nice ball, a little route running full speed, ankle high and snatched on the run," Richt said.

So with a crowded backfield, would Richt consider using Samuel's pass-catching prowess by splitting him out wide or working the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder at tight end?

"Not yet," Richt said. "We want him to learn tailback for sure and all the real intricacies of that. He's got a long way to go in that regard. He might be versatile enough to do something with him after that, but not any time soon."

NO HARD FEELINGS: Offensive lineman Clint Boling has been a prime candidate to replace injured left tackle Trinton Sturdivant during camp, but that transition won't happen until Week 2 at the earliest.

The sophomore who made 11 starts last season will sit out Georgia's opener against Georgia Southern while serving a one-game suspension following a reckless driving charge.

Once the suspension ends, however, Richt said Boling will be back in the Bulldogs' good graces – and back in the running for a starting job.

"Once a guy comes off a discipline, it's forgotten around here," Richt said. "You pay your price, and when it's over, you're back in good graces if you handle it the right way, which Clint really has. I don't see any point in punishing him any further than we already have."

INJURY UPDATE: With close to two dozen players in green jerseys last week, Richt said practice didn't have quite the intensity to it he would like.

While Sturdivant, safety Quintin Banks and fullback Brannan Southerland will all miss game time, none of the other injuries have been that serious, Richt said.

Richt said he hopes that will change this week, however, as many of the walking wounded are expected to be back at practice.

"We feel like there's going to be some Monday that will get in the groove, and (trainer) Ron (Courson) feels like by Tuesday, Wednesday, another group of them (will be back)," Richt said.

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