Georgia's middle linebackers are learning very quickly that new position coach Kirk Olivadotti doesn't have many rules.
But the big one he has, they'd better follow it to the letter.
"I'll put up with a lot of things as long as they'll be physical and hit somebody," Olivadotti said. "We're working toward that; we're not a finished product by any means, but at least guys understand. Part of my responsibility is to point that out every day."
Getting Richard Samuel and Alec Ogletree up to speed at Moe linebacker is obviously another.
By now, both stories are familiar to Bulldog fans. Samuel missed much of last year with a leg injury before finally getting on the field toward the end of the year.
Meanwhile, Ogletree is now playing the position after moving down from strong safety.
"They're probably very similar right now," Olivadotti said. "They have different issues they have to work through; they're probably two plays good, one play bad right now. That's probably about where we're at."
Olivadotti admitted he's leaning hard on junior Christian Robinson to be the glue of the unit while players like Ogletree and Samuel get their respective bearings.
"He's handled that stuff very well. Christian is a mature kid, he wants to do right and not only does he want to but all of his actions are centered towards trying to do the right thing which is nice," Olivadotti said. "It's one thing to want to do right and he tries to make the right decision all the time."
Mike Gilliard and Brandon Burrows are also learning their respective ropes.
"Mike's playing middle and doing a nice job, finding new things to screw up which is all you can ask for," Olivadotti chuckled. "If you make the same mistake twice, you'd worry about it but when you can find new things to screw up then we can keep on working."
Running back Washaun Ealey remained sidelined with a strained left hamstring.
Ealey has now missed the Bulldogs' past two practices.
Also sitting out was offensive tackle Austin Long, who according to his father Tim, sprained an AC joint Wednesday.
Also, running back Ken Malcome said Thursday his groin is still very sore.
Teammates on field, rivals off
The start of the major league baseball season Thursday should make life very interesting for quarterback Aaron Murray and roommate Arthur Lynch.
"I'm a Yankees fan. All my family is from New York, so I'm a Yankees fan. He doesn't like that too much, but whatever," Murray said of Lynch, a Massachusetts native who is a die-hard Boston booster.
In fact, Murray said he's already contemplating what kind of bet he can make with the junior tight end when the two American League East rivals meet throughout the year.
Having to wear the other team's hat would be an idea, but Murray has something else in mind.
"Or just clean the kitchen or something like that," Murray said. "Yeah, whoever wins the series has to clean the kitchen or living room. I need to do that."
Offense makes strides
Georgia practiced for 90 minutes Thursday on the Woodruff Practice Fields in front of approximately 175 high school coaches on hand for this weekend's coaches clinic.
"I liked the fact that they were out there," Malcome said. "It helped us get our intensity even higher. Everyone on the team wanted to show what they can do. I think it was good for us to have so many people watching."
Tight end Orson Charles agreed, adding that the offense got some revenge on the defense which ruled Tuesday afternoon's workout.
"Our offense made great strides today," Charles said. "On Tuesday, the defense killed us. Today, we gave the defense a fight."
Georgia returns to practice Friday before scrimmaging for the first time Saturday morning.
Deadline for tickets extended
Due to an outage of the Athletic Associations website, georgiadogs.com, the deadline to order 2011 football season tickets has been extended through 5 p.m. on Friday.
Fan may also mail their season ticket application with a postmark dated Friday, April 1 or visit either the UGA Athletic Association Ticket Office or The Georgia Bulldog Club offices.
• The UGA Ticket Office has temporarily relocated to the Stegeman Coliseum Box Office ticket windows located off Sanford Drive. Parking is available in the South Campus and Carlton Street Decks. The Georgia Bulldog Club offices are located on the fourth floor of Butts Mehre Heritage Hall.
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Lynch said his weight is currently fluctuating between 268 and 272 pounds.
Redshirt sophomore Chris Burnette continues to work with the first team at guard.
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