March 20, 2010

Could Green have a new role?

Could standout receiver A.J. Green add the title of punt returner to his already impressive resume?

If the junior has anything to say about it, the answer will be yes.

"Yeah, I asked Coach (Mark) Richt about it," Green said after Saturday's full pad practice at Sanford Stadium.

Richt is apparently giving the notion some consideration.

Saturday, Green took turns in a rotation at punt returner, a group that included Brandon Boykin, Carlton Thomas and Bacarri Rambo.

Green is no stranger to the position.

In high school, Green served as his team's primary punt returner and brought 12 back for touchdowns over the course of his career.

"I hope they let me get back there," Green said. "It would be a lot of fun."

Green said the thought of getting hurt wouldn't cross his mind at all.

"Nah, not at all," he said. "It would just add another dimension to my game."

Richt, Murray pleased with workout

Georgia practiced at Sanford Stadium for the first time this spring and Richt was pleased with what he saw.

"We had a lot of energy out there during the first portion of practice, which was the different tackling drills," Richt said in a statement. "But as the day went on, I thought we lost a little steam. I think this was mostly about not being sure of what we were doing defensively, which is natural at this point. The more understanding we get, the faster our guys on defense are going to play."

The Bulldogs concluded their practice with an 11-on-11 scrimmage that quarterback Aaron Murray felt went well from an offensive perspective.

"The offense had a great week this week. We're installing things pretty fast, because basically the entire offense is back from last year," Murray said. "We do not have to take it slow. It's pretty much rapid fire out there."

Murray said that he, Zach Mettenberger and Logan Gray rotated with the first-team offense throughout Saturday's session as they continue to battle it out for the starting quarterback job.

For his part, Murray said he's about as comfortable with the offense as he hoped to be at this point and time.

Still, it doesn't hurt to brush up when he can.

"You never know the playbook completely. I feel comfortable with it but I still go back and pretty much look at it every day. Coach (Mike) Bobo gives us the play-call sheet the night before so I'm always going through that, making sure I know everything to a T," Murray said. "The more you study it, the more it gets installed in your brain. I don't want to forget anything. It's not going to hurt you to study 10 or 15 minutes before you go to bed every night."

No word yet on Mettenberger

Richt had indicated Tuesday that he hoped to have a final decision regarding any suspension of Mettenberger by the end of this week.

That's not the case.

Although Richt did not meet with the media to tend to Junior Day activities, UGA spokesman Claude Felton said that the head coach was still gathering information.

Mettenberger, who continues to battle for the starting quarterback job, faces five misdemeanor charges after a recent arrest in Remerton.

Brown says injury not serious

Green created an earlier stir when he reported that teammate Marlon Brown had to leave practice due to an apparent shoulder injury.

According to Brown, however, the injury wasn't a serious one.

"I just bruised it," Brown said later. "It's not a big deal."

Brown was unsure if he would be able to return to practice when spring drills resume Tuesday.


"He looks like a fifth-grade teacher," A.J. Green on teammate Kris Durham, currently doing his student teaching at Oconee County Middle School.

This and that

Offensive linemen Dallas Lee, Tanner Strickland, Justin Anderson, and fullback Fred Munzenmaier each wore green non-contact jerseys during Saturday morning's workout at Sanford Stadium. … Running back Dontavius Jackson said he has not been asked to change position.

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