Mark Richt made clear his plans for spring practice weeks ago. According to him, the spring practice period is critical to the development of a football team. With that in mind Georgia opened it 2003 spring football season in the drizzle Saturday.
"I thought that it was a good day today, said Richt. "It was spirited, cold, and a little rainy but we got a lot of guys a lot of work."
Repetitions for the inexperienced player on the squad are a must, according to Richt, and the drizzle did not prevent that from happening.
"There are lot of guys out there getting their first shot," he said.
"Cedric Haywood caught my eye today, he made a lot of nice catches. Railey, Haywood, and McClendon really did a nice job today and I was encouraged by that," Richt said. "Guys are going to get a chance to get in there with the first team to show what they can do. The young guys are going to get a lot of quality work."
The most inexperienced group of Georgia players, the offensive line, got plenty of action Saturday with Neil Callaway. But Richt said that it was too early to tell anything about the young line.
"You can't tell anything from the linemen yet because we are not really getting into contact right now," said Richt. The players practiced without pads but with helmets. "It's going to be a fun spring just to see how these guys progress," added Richt.
Running backs are also a concern for the 2003 Dawgs. Tony Milton did not practice Saturday leaving out one of the starting candidates for the fall. "We just want to see who is ready and who is the best. The tailbacks are all going to get their shot this spring," said Richt. "Browning, Cooper, Powell, and Gilliam all need to show Coach Rucker and Coach Callaway what they can do."