May 3, 2007

Humble Haverkamp makes an impact

Georgia under head coach Mark Richt has rarely gone after junior college players, but with the devastating injuries and player departures on the offensive line, Georgia was forced to sign a couple of new experienced college players this year. One player, Scott Haverkamp not only made the transition from tiny Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas to the very large University of Georgia campus, but he earned and secured himself a starting spot at right guard on Georgia's offensive line.

With spring practice in the books, Haverkamp is focused on preparing himself for the grind of a SEC schedule and the increased speed and complexity of the game played around the conference.

"The spring went well and we all just spent our time trying to get the playbook down. I am trying to get used to the speed of the game and then I will start to become a really good player," said Haverkamp. "I want to become the kind of player I like, were I have intensity and mental toughness."

Haverkamp is one of three new starters (Trinton Sturdivant and Chris Davis) on the offensive line this season and he expected to get a shot at starting at guard, but he was a bit surprised when new offensive line coach Stacy Searels handed him the job on day one of spring camp. Haverkamp had to compete against freshmen Justin Anderson and Tanner Strickland this spring at right guard and he will face more competition in the fall with incoming guards Chris Little and Ben Harden expected in camp.

"I really did not know what to expect (when I got to Athens), but I knew coming in I would have a good chance of getting up in the rotation. I did not think I would start out there (with the first unit), but now that I am up there it is all about staying up there. I want to get better and help this team get better," said Haverkamp.

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