August 20, 2009

Jones' ankle still the talk of camp

The news on starting center Ben Jones' sprained left ankle remains unchanged.

Head coach Mark Richt did not address the media to attend his son David's football game, although Sports Information Director Claude Felton said nothing had changed since the University announced that the sophomore was "day-to-day" with a sprained ankle late Wednesday night.

That did not keep junior tackle Clint Boling from being asked about his teammate.

"He (Jones) was out there some," Boling said. "He's day-to-day, so we'll see how it goes."

With Jones out, Boling said juniors Chris Davis and Kevin Perez shared the duties at center with Davis, who moved over from left guard, getting the bulk of the time with the first team. Freshman Chris Burnette was moved to center earlier this week.

"You hate to see anybody like that go down and we were pretty worried at first," quarterback Joe Cox said. "But people get hurt in football and fortunately we have some guys who can step in and play."

Cox said he did not know of a timetable for Jones to return.

"I don't know of any timetable. I don't know exactly what he did," Cox said. "He'll play whenever that is. Whether it's practice or the first game, I really don't know."

If Boling knew, he wasn't going to say.

"You'll have to ask Ron (trainer Ron Courson), Ben or somebody else," Boling smiled.

Jones could not immediately be reached for comment. Boling is the only offensive lineman allowed to speak with the media.

With Davis at center, Boling said that Vince Vance and Justin Anderson both rotated in and out with the No. 1 unit at left guard.

"They were doing that even before Ben got hurt," Boling said. "We're just trying to find some consistency and get the best five out there."

• Boling said he sprained his right wrist when it came in contact with a helmet during Saturday's scrimmage. "It's not a problem," Boling said. "I just wrap it up and go. It's not a big deal at all."

Dawgs work out for 90 minute in pads

Thirteenth-ranked Georgia continued preparations for the 2009 season opener with a 90-minute workout in full pads on Thursday at the team's Butts-Mehre Practice Facility.

"I thought the guys fought hard today," Richt said in a statement. "It was not an easy practice. It was grueling and physical, and there was alot of running and conditioning. The guys kept fighting until the very end. They never gave up. I was really proud of them."

Georgia returns to the practice field on Friday and Saturday before participating in the annual Fans' Picture Day at Sanford Stadium.

Uga VII and the other Georgia sports teams will be available from 1-3 p.m. The Georgia football players and coaches will be on hand for photographs and autographs from 3-5 p.m. Fans will be able to enter Picture Day through Gate 6 located off East Campus Road and Gate 2 located on Sanford Drive across from the UGA Bookstore and Tate Student Center. Both gates will open at noon. Fans may bring in just two items to be signed, and Picture Day event staff will enforce this number at both the main entrances and autograph line entrances.

Daniels thankful for competition

Don't get Kalvin Daniels wrong.

He doesn't wish an injury on no one, not an opponent, much less a teammate.

Still, with Caleb King (hamstring) and Dontavius Jackson (knee) being slowed by their respective injuries, the walk-on from Eastman has an opening to prove to position coach Bryan McClendon what he's capable of.

"I don't want to see anyone get hurt, but at the same time it's a competition and you've got to go out and give it your all every day," Daniels said. "That's all I'm trying to do."

According to Daniels, practices have been intense and the competition for playing time fierce.

"Coach McClendon wants us to be the toughest players on the field," Daniels said. "Every day he wants us to prove we're the toughest. So when Richard (Samuel) or Carlton (Thomas) makes a big run or pick up a big block, it puts the pressure on the rest of us to do the same thing."

Daniel said having McClendon as his coach has made a difference as well.

"He's tough. When you think you have nothing left he seems to get that little extra from you that you didn't think you had," Daniels said. "I like that. This past season I don't think I was as tough mentally or physically as I needed to be but Coach McClendon has helped me to do that."

• Daniels missed practice Thursday with an unknown injury but declined to say exactly what it was. "It's nothing," he said. "I'll be all right."

This and that

• Besides Jones, running back Caleb King (hamstring), Bryan Evans (hamstring), Jordan Love (ankle), Reshad Jones (hamstring), Darius Dewberry (hamstring), Kiante Tripp (shoulder) and Kalvin Daniels (unknown) all donned the green, non-contact jerseys. … Georgia will practice in shells Friday afternoon.

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