March 5, 2008

No changes on offensive line

Once again, there was no noticeable change in Georgia's offensive line as the Bulldogs practiced for the second straight time in helmets and shorts Wednesday at the team's Woodruff Practice Field facility.

Both the first- and second-team lines remained the same, with the No. 1 unit consisting of left tackle Trinton Sturdivant, left guard Vince Vance, center Chris Davis, right guard Clint Boling and right tackle Kiante Tripp.

Second-team members were made up of left tackle Josh Davis, left guard Chris Little, center Ben Jones, right guard Justin Anderson and right tackle John Potts.

"I was really proud of the hustle," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "That was one of the things we wanted to emphasize today."

The offensive line wasn't the only position giving it their all.

Richt also praised wide receiver Kenneth Harris for hauling in a long touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford, along with defensive end Demarcus Dobbs, safety Andrew Williams, tight end Tripp Chandler, plus receivers Mohamed Massaquoi and Tony Wilson.

However, Richt's biggest kudos went to running back Knowshon Moreno and defensive lineman Jeff Owens.

According to Richt, Moreno ran about 50 yards after catching a screen pass. Owens pursued so hard, Richt said, that he and Moreno were in the same frame on the film at the end of the play.

"t was tremendous effort and hustle," Richt said. "If everybody went like that, we might have something special. Today, we saw a lot more hustle, a lot more team hustle."

Richt said his Bulldogs are ready to put the pads, which the team will do during Thursday night's practice.

"We'll get them get into shells (Thursday)," Richt said. "That will give them a chance to get after each other. That's what they like to do."

Injury update

Offensive lineman Tanner Strickland (ankle), defensive end Justin Houston, linebacker Will Sullivan and wide receiver Demiko Goodman (leg) each wore green non-contact jerseys.

Richt said he hopes Goodman will be able to return to the team after spring break.

Also sitting out was linebacker Darius Dewberry who has been battling a strained groin while wide receiver Walter Hill left practice early because of an undisclosed illness.

Green to get his shot

Part of Richt's Wednesday briefing with reporters dealt with a player who is not yet on campus - incoming freshman wide receiver A.J. Green.

Earlier Wednesday, Richt was on a radio show in Jacksonville when he discussed the talented wideout, who many expect will make a definite impact with the team this fall.

"I said we're going to give him every opportunity to do it," Richt said. "I said my guess is he'd make a contribution to the team. How big a contribution will depend on how well he does, but we'll give him a great good crack at it."

Richt denied that Georgia's current level of depth at the position would affect his decision one way or the other.

"Everybody is cutting into the other guy's playing time; The more guys who are ready, the less any one person might see," Richt said. "But I want to see what the kid can do before we decide who plays and who doesn't."

AD Evans honored by Sports Business Journal

AD Damon Evans has been named to the annual Sports Business Journal "Forty Under 40" list recognizing him as one of the country's top sports executives under the age of 40.

Evans is one of only two college-oriented executives on the list, the other being Warde Manuel, athletic director at the University of Buffalo.

This is Evans' third time being named to the list which automatically puts him into the Forty Under 40 Hall of Fame.

Phasing out Sam?

With so many teams going to a spread packages with obvious emphasis on the passing game, base 4-3 defenses like the one used by Georgia have had to adjust.

For example: With teams using three and sometimes four receivers, it's made the Sam linebacker position almost obsolete as defenses put in another defensive back, or nickel back, to help cover the extra man.

"We're seeing that happen a lot, but our Sam linebackers are athletic," Mike linebacker Dannell Ellerbe said. "We'll be doing more Nickel now seeing that more teams are passing teams, but we're working into getting our Sams to play Mike and Will."

Rennie Curran said the Sam linebacker only played 10 snaps in Georgia's Sugar Bowl win over Hawaii.

"We'll try to go with a little pass package to get Sam in the game," Ellerbe said. "But as far as a regular defense with Mike, Will and Sam, we won't do that as much."

This and that

Georgia will practice tonight at approximately 8 p.m. following today's UGA Coaches Clinic at the Classic Center in downtown Athens. Former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr will be the guest speaker. … Curran said he weighs 222 pounds, but hopes to be 230 by preseason. … Redshirt freshman John Knox has his weight up to 210 after weighing 195 last fall.

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