Off-Season Going Well

ATHENS - Everyone seems to agree the team is working a lot harder than it did a year ago.


Rennie Curran had an impressive sophomore season at Georgia, racking up 115 tackles to lead the team, but he said he expects more in 2009.

Curran said he has been working on small details of his game, such as using his hands better and spending a bit more time watching film, but he said his biggest concern has been improving his leadership skills.

Heading into his junior season, Curran said he would like to earn All-America honors next year, but his top priority is getting the Bulldogs' defense ready to win an SEC title.

"My main thing is for the defense as a whole to be successful, and I feel like that starts with me setting the tempo," Curran said. "It's just things like working on my football knowledge, so hopefully if a guy's about to make a mistake, I can help him out, point him out when he's doing something wrong, just knowing the entire defense as a whole, just any little detail that will take me to the next level."


Wide receiver A.J. Green said he's feeling about 80 percent healthy right now, but he still isn't sure he'll be ready to go full speed in spring practice. The SEC's leading pass catcher in 2008, Green suffered through a nagging groin injury all season and has spent the offseason resting so far.

"I'm getting much better," Green said. "I'm starting to run and I'm lifting now."

It's progress, but it might not be enough to have him ready to be a full participant in drills when camp opens next month. Green said the biggest problem now is simply getting the groin back into shape, and he's not rushing things at this point.

"It's not that sore," Green said, "but when you open up or run for a long period of time, it just gets tired, but no pain."


It's been a common refrain in Georgia's locker room this offseason, but everyone seems to agree the team is working a lot harder than it did a year ago. Cox said the new focus has been obvious during seven-on-seven drills, when even the young players have stepped up to show their skills.

"The (drills) that we have done have been real productive," Cox said. "A lot of the younger guys that have to step up have been doing real good, and everybody wants to learn. It's been good to see."


Senior linebacker Marcus Washington missed all of 2008 with a shoulder injury, but that's feeling good now. The problem, however, is that he's managed to injure himself in a whole new way this offseason.

Washington sprained both wrists doing power clean lifts in the weight room last week and is now sporting a supportive brace on each hand this week. He said the injuries are minor, however, and expects to be 100 percent by next week.

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