As the Georgia football team prepares to hit the practice field for the first time this preseason, one of the first questions asked of head coach Mark Richt had to do with the Bulldogs' workout schedule itself.
With just one two-a-day workout scheduled for next Monday, some have wondered why Richt decided to spread out his team's sessions in preparation for the Sept. 4 opener against Louisiana-Lafayette.
Actually, his reasoning was simple.
"What I was trying to do was have as many of these teaching opportunities as possible. In one-a-days, you can still have a walk-through in the morning to install and because we've got a new defense I thought it would be wise to get as many teaching opportunities as possible," Richt said. "The other thing is, while all these other walkthroughs are going on, you're lifting and I think that's important to try and continue getting strong, even two weeks into our camp."
So far, so good:
On Monday, the Bulldogs held a walk-through session before hitting the field for the first official time this year.
Keeping his players strong and healthy will continue to be his optimum goal.
"Sometimes when you begin camp you begin two-a-days and before you know it you're breaking down their bodies," Richt said. "So my goal was not so much to break them down physically but continue to build them up physically and make sure everyone knows what to do."
Gray still focusing at receiver
Barring a change, Richt said that Logan Gray will work exclusively at wide receiver this preseason.
"Right now we're asking him to mentally get the work, but we're not giving him any reps right now," Richt said. "Before camps over we could, but it just depends on how things go. A lot of it depends on how Hutson's (Mason) coming. The more reps he gets the better off he's going to be. Taking reps from Hutson might not be the best thing to do. Once we get into this thing a little further, we'll know more but he knows to stay sharp, not only at receiver, but the quarterback position as well."
Gray was allowed to switch to receiver after he was beaten out by Aaron Murray for the starting quarterback job back in the spring.
No update on NCAA inquiry
Richt had no update on the status of the current NCAA inquiry, believed to be regarding the party allegedly thrown by an agent in South Beach.
Bulldog wide receiver A.J. Green is believed to be the player in question, although the junior has vehemently denied having ever been to Miami.
"I don't, and on that note I was reminded (by associate athletic director Claude Felton) that I could not say anything about it," Richt said. "We'll just kind of waiting it out."
Green is slated to practice with the Bulldogs Monday afternoon.
Richt hopes Dent will be ready for opener
Richt did not rule starting Moe linebacker Akeem Dent out of the season-opener despite his recent foot injury that is expected to cost him most of the preseason.
"There's a chance he could still go," Richt said. "We'll just have to see."
With Dent out, Christian Robinson and Marcus Dowtin are expected to slide into the starting linebackers at Moe and Mike.
Still, Dent will be missed.
"He was one of the stronger leaders of our defense and he is still there to lead, he can do that. He is not gone; he's going to be going through the process mentally, but as we all know, the more you do something in a sport, the more you physically can do it, the better you're going to get at it, the more comfortable you'll be at it," Richt said. "So it definitely hurt us, but considering there is a chance that he might be back for the first game is good news. He won't lose his season. He deserves to have a real healthy senior year and we need him, quite frankly he is one of our better leaders and one of our better players."
This and that
Murray said he will not wear a throwing glove after experimenting with it during the spring.
Running back Washaun Ealey said he's currently weighs 212 pounds, but hopes to get down to 205 by the season opener. He said he played at 210 last fall.
Richt said there are no plans to move outside linebacker Darryl Gamble back to the inside in light of the injury to Dent.
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