April 1, 2011

Friday's notebook

Marlon Brown admits he had to do a double-take when receivers coach Tony Ball suggested he change the way he runs.

Say what?

"I know, right?" Brown said. "At first I was like what do you mean change the way I run? He said he wants me to run smoother so he just sat me down and told me you've got to do this when you run, use your arms, use your legs like this. I did what he told me to do."

That's not all the 6-foot-5, 222-pound junior has been working on.

"I've been working on my route running, my quickness, everything," Brown said. "But it's second-nature now - I just run."

It's certainly a more mature version of Brown, who along with his teammates, just wrapped up their seventh day of spring drills.

That wasn't the case when he first arrived from Harding Academy in Memphis, Tenn., after posting some eye-popping numbers his senior year.

With 1,785 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns, many expected Brown to step right in and make a quick impact, perhaps similar to that of A.J. Green, his freshman year.

But it was not to be.

Brown only played in eight games as a freshman, catching just two balls for 15 yards before snaring 11 passes for 133 yards and his first career touchdown last fall.

"I knew it was going to be a huge leap and a difference but I had to work at it," Brown said. "When you're trying to work at something it takes time. I definitely put pressure on myself and got down at one point but I talked to AJ about it and Mike. They both told me to be patient and you'll be fine."

As for the future, Brown said he could not be more excited. It shows.

During a Thursday interview, Brown was almost bubbly as he talked about his progress and what he believes will be a good year for the Bulldog offense.

"I'm just excited talking about it right now, man," Brown said. "I love playing football. I can't wait for the season."

Injury update

Safety Bacarri Rambo suffered a sprained MCL earlier this week and is expected to miss the next two weeks and is doubtful for the G-Day Game April 16 at Sanford Stadium.

Also, Washaun Ealey (hamstring) missed his third straight practice, while fellow running back Carlton Thomas (hamstring) missed his second straight.

Charles to keep stretching

If one didn't know better, tight end Orson Charles might be confused for a body builder instead of the Bulldogs' starting tight end.

The junior's chiseled frame reflects the hours of labor he put in during strength coach Joe Tereshinski's winter workout program, which has added an additional 10 pounds of muscle to his 6-foot-3 frame.

"The big thing with Coach T and Coach (tight ends coach John) Lilly is they want me to be able to block and hold my ground," said Charles, who now weighs a solid 250. "If you look at tight ends in the next level, they all weight 245-250."

But with the extra weight and muscle, Charles admits there are concerns as he has to constantly stretch to keep his muscular limbs from tightening up and avoid any kind of pull.

"That's why I stretch after practice and at night, then sit in Epsom salt and stretch again. I keep stretching so I don't pull anything," he said. "It's a fear and I don't want to sit down because I would have felt I let my team down. My main thing is just selling out, giving everything to the team. If I hold back, I'm not giving my team all that I should."

Lynch says Veazey his hero

Whenever Arthur Lynch feels like complaining or believes he's having a bad day, he remembers what life has been like for former Bulldog baseball player Chance Veazey, paralyzed from the waist down as the result of an accident when his scooter collided with a car back on Oct. 28, 2009.

"I never told this to Chance because I don't want him to get a big head, but he's definitely one of my heroes," said Lynch. "I put myself in his position every day and I look at myself and I don't think I could do it."

Lynch credits Veazey for actually helping him through some difficult times last summer when the Massachusetts native actually considered transferring.

But that's when he noticed, life really wasn't so tough.

"You could sit here and groan 'Man, I'm not getting any playing time but reality is, it's not important because Chance I know would do anything to have one more at-bat," Lynch said. "That kid - whenever there are away games, I'll go over to his place and we'll listen to the games on the radio. He's a special kid. I'm glad I can call him my friend."

Dawgs set for first scrimmage

Georgia used Friday's seventh practice of the spring to prepare for its first scrimmage, set for Saturday morning at Sanford Stadium.

Safety Jakar Hamilton said he can't wait.

"There's competition at a lot of spots so every day out there matters," Hamilton said. "We think about playing Boise State on September 3 every day so each practice is huge for us getting ready for that," he said. "Personally, I am just trying to be a student of the game more than I was last year. I think that so far, I am doing a whole lot better deciding when to try and make a big hit and when to just tackle."

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