August 13, 2011

Bulldog bits and pieces

Georgia's preseason camp officially to an end Saturday, but before the Bulldogs wrapped up drills at the Woodruff Practice Facility, most of the team's assistant coaches stopped by to offer a series of quick updates to reporters.

The squad resumes practice on Monday, the first day of class for students at UGA.

Below are some of the highlights of what they had to say:

Todd Grantham on starting Will linebacker Cornelius Washington, who is back practicing after missing some time with a hamstring injury: "He's fresh now because he missed a few days. He's a guy that's got the measurements you look for, he's got the physical attitude and coaches are working him in his role and let him perform in ways we think he can help us."

• Grantham on the progress of defensive end Derrick Lott: "There's no substitute for reps for a guy, but to his credit he's done a good job at his rehabilitation and he's done all the things he can do up until now. He took a few snaps today and looked good in movement. He's just got to keep working and continue to develop his skills."

• Grantham on if his top 22 is set for the opener against Boise State: "I would say we're still looking to find out the roles of some people. Obviously, we have some guys who know what they can do, although there's still a question or two from the standpoint of depth and what someone's role is going to be. We've still got to figure out if this guy goes down, who will be next in the game but those battles will take place the next few days and we'll get those answered before starting on our Boise State prep."

• Grantham on whether the decision to play Sanders Commings at safety or corner will be a week-to-week proposition. "I think he gives us value in doing that. He can play corner, yet go back to safety if need be. He's done a good job at safety to this point. I think when we look at it, it's probably tougher mentally to play safety but physically tougher to play corner and to his credit he is able to do both."

• Offensive line coach Will Friend on the consistency and continuity of the starting offensive line. "I like what I see with the first group as far as playing together and they've done a good job of executing. They've got to keep that up but I'm pleased with that group."

• Friend on if his freshmen have hit the wall: "We had to challenge them a little bit during the week. They've had a lot going on and they kind of hit that wall that guys hit and we had to re-set their focus on what we're trying to get done. But they started responding toward the end part of the week."

• Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo on the most impressive offensive player in camp: "Marlon Brown would be the No. 1 guy that I can think of. I'm really, really pleased with how he's played. He's in great condition, he's more flexible, he's running harder, he's in shape and he's making the kind of catches - over the middle and on the outside - that you want to see. I've just been really pleased with him."

• Inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti on freshman Ramik Wilson: "He's going to be doing some stuff with the inside guys, some stuff with the outside guys and we'll fill him in from there. But he's been doing well with it. He's not necessarily doing all the right things all the time, but he's a guy who's trying to play the right away. He's got a little bit of pass rush to him so we like that. He can be a downhill player as an inside linebacker and we like that."

• Secondary coach Scott Lakatos on Shawn Williams potentially winning the starting strong safety job: "He getting his share of the work there at this point and time. We feel real confident in Shawn. He's gotten a lot better and he's doing his job. He's showing he communicates well when he's on the field and he's actually out there helping some of the other guys."

• Lakatos on Bacarri Rambo and whether or not he's still feeling the effects of the concussion he suffered against Auburn in 2009: "He's doing a good job. We're experimenting some, but he's doing well. I had heard about that (his concussion) when I first got here, but it's never been an issue. At least not as far as I'm concerned."

Injury Update: Richard Samuel was held out of practicing to rest his strained left quad while Isaiah Crowell missed the first part of practice but returned during the second and went through conditioning drills with his teammates. … Running back Brandon Harton returned to practice after missing three days with a mild concussion. … Linebacker Amarlo Herrera had his should in a sling to as the result of a contusion he suffered on Friday. Olivadotti said Herrera's injury is not serious. … Running back Ken Malcome, cornerback Jordan Love and cornerback Nick Marshall also wore green non-contact jerseys during workouts. … Right tackle Austin Long (mono) continues to recover by jogging during practice. He is expected back by midweek.

Anthony Dasher is the managing editor for UGASports
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