August 19, 2011

Not Garner's day

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For defensive line coach Rodney Garner, Friday was one of those days.

Already without nose Kwame Geathers who did not practice due to an unspecified injury, the Bulldogs also saw junior college transfer Jonathan Jenkins leave workouts due to what school officials confirmed was a "mild" hamstring injury.

Geathers' injury is not believed to be serious, either, but that didn't help the feelings of Garner, who with the season fast approaching, is not in the mood to see both of his top nose guards have to miss any time.

"He (Geathers) didn't practice. I don't know (what the injury is). I just deal with the guys who practice; I'm not a trainer," said Garner, who wasn't sure if the pair would be able to practice Saturday morning.

In the pair's absence, DeAngelo Tyson and redshirt freshman Mike Thornton received most of the reps at nose, although Garner said that ends Abry Jones and Garrison Smith could play there as well.

"You've just got to adjust and do what you've got to do," Garner said.

Crowell , Samuel get some light work

Both running backs Isaiah Crowell (groin) and Richard Samuel (quad) still wore their green non-contact jerseys Friday, but both were able to get into some non-contract drills with their teammates.

"Isaiah got to do a little bit of everything out there today," running backs coach Bryan McClendon said. "He was moving pretty good and during one-on-one blitz pickup with the linebackers, he was able to do that and did great."

If the Bulldogs played tomorrow, McClendon said Crowell would be good to play. "Oh, definitely," McClendon said.

Samuel is getting close.

"We had to slow him down a little bit, but he's doing great work," McClendon said. "He got to do everything except our contact stuff and handled it real well."

WR core rounding into shape

According to offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, he's starting to get an idea of what his wide receiver rotation will be like for the opener against Boise State.

Friday, Bobo said that the junior trio of Tavarres King, Marlon Brown and Rantavious Wooten are running as Georgia's top three receivers, although freshman Malcolm Mitchell is making a big push to crack the trio, along with redshirt freshman Michael Bennett.

"There was obviously a concern losing Kris Durham and A.J. Green, but those guys have worked extremely hard," Bobo said. "They came in in shape, and they have made plays. Tavarres King, Marlon Brown, Rantavious Wooten, Michael Bennett and Malcolm Mitchell have all done a nice job, and throw Taylor Bradberry in there. Israel Troupe has been fighting a groin injury, and Chris Conley has also been fighting to get in that top six. I feel good about the guys out there. There is a lot of talent there, and a lot of guys have played games. All of them are doing a nice job of responding well."

This and that

Secondary coach Scott Lakatos said that junior safety Bacarri Rambo is still getting reps with the first team, along with Shawn Williams and Sanders Commings, who is still rotating between corner and safety. … Offensive line coach Will Friend said redshirt sophomore Dallas Lee is his top backup at both guards ahead of redshirt freshman Kolton Houston. … Cornerback Nick Marshall (concussion) and offensive lineman Austin Long (mononucleosis) both returned to practice. Friend added that Long did not seem to lose any weight during his absence. "Ron Courson did a great job with Austin so he didn't lose any weight," Friend said. "I need to but he didn't." … Friend said that sophomore Kenarious Gates would be the first option to slide over to left tackle in the event of an injury to starter Cordy Glenn. … Georgia will return to practice Saturday morning before taking part in the Bulldogs' annual Fans' Picture Day later in the afternoon in the Reed Plaza area of Sanford Stadium. The Georgia cheerleaders and Hairy Dawg will be available from 1-5 p.m. Interim mascot "Russ" and other University of Georgia sports teams will be available from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Georgia football players will be on hand for photos and autographs from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in Reed Plaza on the north side of the stadium between Gates 2 and 4. Head coach Mark Richt will also be available from 3-5 p.m. for those with ticket coupons. Due to recent public issues surrounding student-athlete autographs across the country, no outside items may be brought to Picture Day. The Georgia Athletic Association will provide each fan with two free schedule posters to be signed by the players and Richt. No other items will be permitted.

Anthony Dasher is the managing editor for UGASports
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