2009 Fall Camp: Day Seven News and Notes

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

BUMPS AND BRUISES

Injuries to Marlon Brown and Rantavious Wooten have Georgia's receiving corps stretched thin as the team readies for its first scrimmage of the year.

Brown injured his finger Saturday and has been limited to route-running drills since. He said he plans to test the finger during today's morning practice to determine whether he'll be able to participate in the afternoon scrimmage.

Wooten fell victim to soreness in his hamstring and didn't practice Tuesday. Bobo said he didn't expect Wooten to miss significant time but wasn't sure if the freshman would be ready for the scrimmage.

"Marlon and Rantavious have had a couple little setbacks that have held them out of practice, and we're just eager to get them healthy and see what they can do," Bobo said.

While the time away from practice is problematic for the two freshmen, Bobo said he didn't anticipate their absence preventing them from seeing action early in the season this year.

"I really believe we're going to have to play those guys because we're so thin at receiver," he said. "The main thing is just getting them out there in practice so we can get them ready for the season."

GETTING COMFORTABLE

Last week, Bobo was concerned about the offensive line's ability to gel as a unit, but after a few more practices, he's been impressed with how well the group has played together.

Trinton Sturdivant, Chris Davis, Ben Jones, Cordy Glenn and Clint Boling are currently projected as Georgia's starting five, and Bobo said they've taken nearly all the reps with the first team since practice began last week.

"Vince Vance and Justin Anderson are backing up and really pushing those guys for playing time, but right there, that's the five," Bobo said. "You can kind of see us coming together. The more those guys play together, the more they get used to each other, the better they become as a group."

While Bobo has been pleased with the line's progress, he's still not ready to proclaim the unit set. That, he said, will take a bit more time.

"We've got the ability to be a good offensive line," Bobo said. "If we could stay together and stay healthy, in a couple years we might be great. A lot of people say we're going to be great, but that takes time. But we definitely have the ability."

SECOND TIME'S A CHARM

His freshman season didn't end how he had hoped, but Blair Walsh said his confidence hasn't been shaken. In fact, he feels a lot better heading into this season than he did a year ago.

"This time last year the head was spinning," Walsh said. "Just knowing what to expect is a lot better. You know how to pace yourself, and that helps a whole lot."

Walsh is competing against junior college transfer Brandon Bogotay for kicking duties this fall after struggling on kickoffs and going through a minor slump on field goals in the latter half of the 2008 season.

But while last year was a frustrating daze, this season, Walsh is ready for whatever might be in store for him.

"Coming in here and having a full summer to get ready," he said, "I definitely feel more prepared."


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