2009 Spring: Day 13 News and Notes

ATHENS - David Hale's news and notes from Georgia's spring practices.

FINALLY HEALTHY

It's probably a scary thought for opposing cornerbacks, but A.J. Green said last season was far from his best.

From the start of summer practice all the way through Georgia's bowl game, the freshman receiver played with a sore groin that slowed his breaks and kept him from maximizing his potential.

Now, for the first time in nearly a year, he's feeling back to normal, and he's excited to be using practice time to work on his game rather than rehab his injury.

"It's good, I'm 100 percent now," Green said. "I don't think (the injury) limited me game-wise, but practice-wise, not being able to go every day. Sometimes it would be bothering me, and I'd be missing out on reps that could help me."

While Green took the SEC by storm in his freshman campaign, he said the groin injury was largely a result of being unprepared physically for what life at the college level was like.

"I think it had a lot to do with me not being flexible enough," Green said. "But the trainers have me stretching every day before practice and after."

WORKING HIS WAY BACK

For all the hard work the players have put in on the field this spring, Richt said there hasn't been many changes on the team's depth chart at this point.

While the spring game could certainly shake things up, and a bevy of players returning from injuries will be added to the mix, the most notable change to Georgia's rotation has been the promotion of Marcus Washington to the No. 2 unit at Mike linebacker ahead of Marcus Dowtin.

"I basically had to sit out a whole year, and I had to get myself into football shape," Washington said. "You can get into shape, but it's a lot different than being in football shape, and I think I'm at that point right now."

As much as Washington has spent the spring getting into shape physically, he said the chance to finally get out on the field and start laying out a few hits again has done a lot for him mentally.

A year away from the game he loves was difficult, and now that he's back at work, he couldn't be happier.

"Sitting out the whole year, you're watching your guys out there every day practicing or in the games and you can't play, it hurts, and it sits with you in your heart," Washington said. "When you get back out there, you're like, ‘OK, this is what I've been missing.'"

INJURY NEWS

After Richt hinted linebacker Akeem Hebron might be ready in time for the G-Day game, the coach announced this week that Hebron would instead wait for the summer to get back to full-contact practice… Baccari Rambo missed much of the past week with a shoulder injury, but should play in the G-Day game, Richt said… Safety Bryan Evans suffered a concussion in last Saturday's scrimmage, but Richt said the senior was recovering well and should be fine by the end of this week.


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