March 26, 2009

Green still sore

Wide receiver A.J. Green said he felt some soreness in his groin Thursday afternoon but said he doesn't anticipate it keeping him from playing when the Bulldogs hold their first scrimmage of the spring Friday afternoon at Sanford Stadium.

"Probably, yeah, I want to," Green said. "I felt it during some 1-on-1 stuff. I should be able to go."

Head coach Mark Richt certainly hopes so, but said the staff won't take any chances if they feel playing would put the sophomore at risk.

"I hope so," Richt said. "I don't know."

Green originally suffered the groin injury during preseason camp back in August. He still went on to earn First-Team All-SEC honors after catching 56 passes for 963 yards and eight touchdowns.

He only recently admitted that he played in pain for most of the year. Even his teammates didn't know.

"I had no idea," fellow wideoutIsrael Troupe said. "He never said a thing. Everything now and then he'd look kind of funny like something was bothering him, but he never let on."

Even Thursday, Green refused to make a big deal.

"It's just a little sore," he said. "I just need to let it settle down."

Intensity impresses Richt

Just two days after saying practice was "lukewarm," Georgia apparently turned up the heat Thursday afternoon at the team's Woodruff Practice Facility.

"The guys really ran hard today and defense really pursued as a unit with a lot of guys flying around," Richt said. "There was a lot of enthusiasm."

Richt also singled out several players for their effort.

That list included cornerback Brandon Boykin who intercepted two passes, along with quarterback Joe Cox and defensive tackleGeno Atkins who Richt said "has been the most dominant player, not that's to anybody surprise."

Richt also handed out kudus to the entire offensive line, as well as wide receiver Tavarres King who made a great catch on a dead run across the middle of the field. "He made some good things happen," said Richt, who also praised Caleb King for his work during inside drills.

This and that

Offensive lineman Justin Anderson answered his first interview request and told the Athens Banner-Herald the offensive line continues to try to get better as a unit. … Richt said over 200 high coaches are in town for the annual High School Coaches Clinic that runs through Friday. Many of the coaches hung around to watch Thursday's workout. … Richt added that over 100 high school underclassmen showed up for Junior Day Saturday. "There were a lot of Division I players in that group, a lot of SEC players," Richt said. "Although it was difficult to manage that many people and have them feel the love, I thought our coaches did a great job." … Richt said he's learned several things about his Bulldogs through the first six practices of spring. "You never know for sure how guy are going to respond to coaching, to buying into doing things exactly the way we want them to do them, and you don't know what kind of spirit, what kind of energy, what kind of leadership you're going to have," Richt said. "So far I can't say I can pinpoint a particular group of leaders other than I see a group of guys that want to do it. I'm really excited about that. So far I've seen a team that doesn't want to be a coach-driven team. They want to drive themselves. They want it to happen from within, and that I like."

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