Williams Fighting for Starting Spot

ATHENS – Nick Williams, in a close competition for a starting safety spot, wasn't out long after sustaining a stinger early in Thursday's practice.

He was back later about an hour later, still competing with Jakar Hamilton to be a first-teamer opposite Bacarri Rambo.

All three have been cross-training at both safety spots. But Williams said it wasn't quite a heated battle.

"We want depth," Williams said. "We don't really care who starts. We're all gonna play. We just wanna be able to take somebody out and put somebody in."

Head coach Mark Richt said both Williams and Hamilton appeared to be giving great effort.

"I've not seen anything to make me feel like either one of them is not ready to play and perform well," Richt said.

Glenn update

Guard Cordy Glenn, who contracted mononucleosis a couple weeks ago, has been doing some indoor conditioning. The projected starter is still on track to return to practice the week of the opener.

Richt said the key at with mono is it would have been dangerous for Glenn to get hit in his spleen. The swelling has since been reduced in the spleen, but Glenn was still a bit fatigued, so they were bringing him along slowly.

"He's still gotta get his strength back," Richt said.

McGarity contract

Incoming athletics director Greg McGarity will be paid the remaining amount of his contract if he is terminated without cause, according to a memorandum of understanding he signed with Georgia.

McGarity, who starts on Sept. 1, was introduced as the successor to Damon Evans last week. Georgia will also provide McGarity with two cars.

This and that

Junior receiver A.J. Green said he still wasn't cleared to talk about the NCAA inquiry. He hoped he would be free to do so next week. … Tight end Orson Charles is getting most of the first-team snaps, according to quarterback Aaron Murray. Charles is competing with Aron White, last year's starter who is a nominee for the Mackey Award, given to the nation's top tight end.

He said it

Murray, when asked about Green, who most assume will enter the NFL draft after this season:

"You never know, there might be a lockout. I won't complain too much if he wants to stay two more years."


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