Rundown: Injuries, Dallas, Scooters & More
Cornelius Washington
Dawg Post
Posted Aug 15, 2011


ATHENS - Seven points of emphasis from Georgia's practice Monday.

1. Isaiah Crowell (groin) tried to practice Monday, but was unable to go.

“Still can’t really move quick enough to be safe and competitive,” coach Mark Richt said. “He gave it a go today, but he’s not ready yet. …Well he thought he was ready and he wasn’t.”

Richard Samuel (quad) was not at practice.

“I don’t know how long he’ll be, but he’s definitely not ready yet. My guess is it will be early next week before we start thinking about it.”

Crowell is closer to returning than Samuel, Richt added.

2. Right guard Chris Burnette (stomach illness) missed practice Monday. Dallas Lee received most of the first-team reps in his absence.

“Dallas has done really well,” said center Ben Jones. “He worked really hard in the summer getting down the plays and getting in shape. That was the big thing was getting him back in playing shape. He did really well today, and he’s been doing really well rotating at center and guard.”

Kolton Houston also got some looks with the first-team.

3. Ray Drew’s shoulder will not require surgery following a scooter accident Sunday.

“The good thing is he wore his helmet. He landed on his helmet and his shoulder,” Richt said. “Another good thing, the shoulder won’t require any surgery. It was a separation, but not a dislocation. The separation was not severe enough to warrant any surgery. That’s kind of a day-to-day thing too. I would say the chances of this week would be very slim, but it’s hard to say.

4. The accident has talk of scooter safety running rampant.

“We’ll take a look at it,” said AD Greg McGarity. “With the time management the way it is on campus, it’s hard to get from Point A to Point B. It’s kind of the way it is. I’m just glad the state law requires kids to wear a helmet.”

“I always think about it,” Richt added. “It’s very difficult for some of these guys to get where they have to get because there is such a short window of time between class and tutoring and study hall and lunch and here for treatment and taping. The scooters allow for all those guys to get around. I’m not ready to say no scooters, but they do need to be careful.”

5. Chase Vasser is currently the No. 2 strongside OLB, but is cross-training at inside LB.

“He’s done very well,” Richt said. “As we all know, he’s been the No. 2 (strongside OLB). He’s done a good job there. He’s become very dependable there. We want him to continue to play more physical. He plays the pass well. We’ll probably give him a little taste of inside linebacker too just to create more depth for us at the inside linebacker position.”

6. OLB Cornelius Washington says he’s completely healthy after dealing with a hamstring injury the first 10 days of camp.

“I’m already feeling 100 percent,” he said. “I’ve been moving around real well and practice has been going well. Any time you’re out, you always have competition step up, but I’m optimistic.”

7. Monday marked the first day of fall semester, which brings an end to the “fall camp” period of the August practice schedule.

“It was the first day of school, and you wonder how focused everybody is going to be at practice, and we had a good day,” Richt said. “We had them for 12 days straight with no distractions and now they have some other responsibilities, and it can be tough especially on the freshmen. I liked our leadership and the energy flow out there today.”


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