2009 Fall Camp: Day One News and Notes

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


Sixteen freshmen got their first taste of life in the SEC when Georgia opened fall practice Tuesday, but lineman Kwame Geathers was not among them.

Geathers is still working to finalize his qualification, and the process of reviewing his materials is taking longer than expected, head coach Mark Richt said.

"He's still going through his NCAA review," Richt said. "He's still jumping through hoops. Every hoop that's been in front of him, he's jumped through successfully to this point. We're still very optimistic he'll be here soon, but you can't really predict how long (the review) will take."

While the delay has caused some concern regarding Geathers' eventual arrival, Richt said the school has not been made aware of any problems in the process thus far, but rather is simply waiting for the final approval.

"We're very confident that everything's going to go through," Richt said. "We've not hit a wall, it's just kind of a slow process."


The Bulldogs' first practice session may have been an eye-opener for many of the new faces on campus, but freshman tight end Orson Charles couldn't get enough.

After wowing his teammates during voluntary workouts this summer, Charles gave coaches a taste of his high-energy approach, and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo was impressed.

"He loves to play." Bobo said. "He wanted to take every rep. He didn't want to sit out a single play. He's hungry, and when the ball was thrown to him today, he made some catches. He didn't know everything that was going on, but neither did A.J. Green last year, but he made plays."

The comparisons to Green are impressive enough, but the Georgia wide receiver said Charles actually reminds him more of another prominent Bulldog.

"He reminds me of Knowshon (Moreno) a little bit," Green said of Charles. "He's got one of those motors that never stops."


Before his team took the field for its first day of practice a year ago, Richt spent the morning answering questions about two players who had been arrested and a third who earned a suspension for damaging property at a local hospital. So when a reporter asked about the quiet offseason this year, Richt's response was relief.

"Amen," he said with a laugh.

The troublesome offseason a year ago foreshadowed a problematic season on the field in which Georgia was among the most penalized teams in the nation. Richt said his hope is that the trouble-free break this year will be precede a similar on-field turnaround.

"Have we been a more disciplined team from January to August than we were a year ago? To this point, we have," Richt said. "We hope that will translate to being a more disciplined team on the field."

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