June 24, 2007
Coach Johnson sets the record straight
UGA assistant coach David Johnson did not have a lot to work with due to injuries depleting his group of tight ends. Now, as he prepares for fall camp, he gets two injured players back as well as a newcommer. UGASports caught up with Johnson late last week to talk about his position, and the various things the players and coaches are doing this offseason.
As you prepare for fall camp, are you pleased over all with the progress of starter Tripp Chandler and the tight ends in general?
"The best way to describe it is that he is progressing and getting better. Coming out of spring, he was the only scholarship tight end that we had that was practicing because of injuries. He got a lot of reps in the spring, and as a result he got better and better.
"It was a good situation for him in that he was able to get a lot of reps, but it wasn't a real good situation for us because there was not a whole lot of quality competition that would test him. More or less he finished spring as the number one guy, but he has some large guys biting at his heels.
"We have some outstanding tight ends behind him. Coleman Watson has had some injury and had to have surgery in the offseason. NaDerris Ward was another one who has had surgery and was able to do some things this spring, but he was unable to have contact. He was able to run some routes, catch some balls, and those types of things, but he really did not get any tough work.
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