August 30, 2010

Depth chart includes first-time starters

Georgia released its depth chart for Saturday's opener against the University of Louisiana-Lafayette revealing a couple of interesting changes.

Included was senior Brandon Wood, who was tagged as the starter at left end ahead of sophomore Abry Jones. If Wood does get the start it will be the first of his career.

The same is true for inside linebacker Christian Robinson who is slated to make his first career start at inside linebacker.

"It's a big deal for me, coming from a small school in Atlanta where a lot of people maybe didn't think I'd be able to do this," Robinson said. "I didn't weigh but 202 pounds when I first got here, so I'm just grateful that I was able to show the coaches too, where they now have a lot of confidence in me."


Starting alongside Robinson will be senior Akeem Dent, who returned to practice Saturday after missing the entire preseason with a foot injury.

Georgia's starting lineup on offense according to the depth chart is as follows:

At left tackle will be Clint Boling, with Cordy Glenn at left guard, Ben Jones at center, Chris Davis at right guard and Josh Davis at right tackle.

Kris Durham and A.J. Green will be the starters in the base set at wide receiver with sophomore Carlton Thomas listed as the top backup behind Caleb Kingat running back.

Shaun Chapas will start at fullback and Orson Charles at tight end.

On defense, besides Dent and Robinson, the depth chart lists Georgia's starting outside linebacker spots will be manned by Darryl Gamble and Justin Houston with Wood, DeAngelo Tyson (nose) and Demarcus Dobbs making up the defensive line.

However, Richt did not rule out Tyson sliding over to one of the end positions with Justin Anderson and Kwame Geathers moving up a spot at nose.

Both Dobbs and Robinson will be making their first career start.

Georgia's starting secondary consists of Vance Cuff and Brandon Boykin at corner. Nick Williams and Bacarri Rambo are tagged as the starting safeties.

But will they?

According to Hamilton, he's been told by defensive coordinator Todd Grantham he would start, a fact Richt later acknowledged.

"Yes," Richt said. "But Nick will certainly play."

Smith has been tagged the team's punt returner with Thomas serving as the backup.

Glenn says he's 100 percent

Glenn said he's 100 percent after coming down with mono three weeks ago.

"I feel like I'm 100 percent and have all my strength back right now," said Glenn, who said he lost about 20 pounds but has since gained it all back.

"They pretty much had me drinking shakes and eating 24-7," Glenn said. "I got real tired of all those shakes.

Hamilton acknowledges Ealey drove his mother's car

Hamilton said Monday it was his mother's car that Washaun Ealey drove and hit another vehicle inside the East Campus Parking Deck last week, resulting in the arrest and one-game suspension for the sophomore running back.

"If it was me or anyone else, my friends would have let me used their car," Hamilton said. "It's the brotherly-type hood that we have. I treat Washaun like he's my own brother. I look out for him, just how he'd look out for me. It was just a minor setback thing. It was nothing really major; anything could have happened; it could have worse, but thankfully he's back with us now and still playing football.

"That's just water under the bridge. People blew it up, but that's what's going to happen when you're a superstar, but I don't hold any grudge. He's my brother."

Hamilton did say, however, that he did not know that Ealey's driver's license had been suspended.

Ealey returned to practice with the Bulldogs Saturday.

Wither the Water Girl

The Water Girl, better known as Katharyn Richt, has turned in her dipping cup.

According to the Bulldog head coach, his wife won't be on the Bulldog sideline for the foreseeable future as she'll spend her Saturday's watching the couple's son Jon play quarterback for Mars Hill.

"She's going to watch her son. I don't agree with it," Richt smiled. "It's kind of sad; I'm kind of bummed about it. I keep telling her he's got a wife now, he doesn't need you there all the time, but she doesn't agree. I get one vote, she gets two. No, it's good. She says he only gets to play a couple more years."

Rajun Cajun notes

ULL plays seven road games, five of which were against teams bowl eligible in 2009…The Cajuns road opponents had a 48-41 record in 2009 - 26-15 at home last season. …In 706 games against Division I opponents, the Cajuns have never faced a school from the state of Georgia. … Current Cajuns tight end Ladarius Green is the most prolific pass-catching tight end in school history. …Already the career leader in yards among tight ends, Green's first catch of 2010 will give him the most receptions by a tight end in school history. … Since 2002, Louisiana has seen the fewest penalty flags in the Sun Belt. Not only do the Cajuns lead the league in the fewest total penalties, ULL also leads with a league-low 6.29 penalties per game. In 2004, Louisiana Lafayette was flagged for only 61 infractions - the lowest total for the Cajuns since 1990. The Cajuns average number of penalties per season is less than 74.

This and that

Wide receiver Logan Gray returned to practice for the first time Monday since missing the past two-plus weeks with a sprained ankle. … Cornelius Washington also returned to practice after missing the last two workouts with an undisclosed injury. … Monday was Georgia's last practice day in full pads before Saturday's opener. "Today's practice left a little bit to be desired," Richt said. "It's not like they were dogging it, but I thought we'd see a little more energy. But it's something like the 23rd or 24th or 25th practice, and that might have something to do with it."

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