Due to mostly minor injuries, Georgia operated with just three scholarship wide receivers -- Bryan McClendon, T.J. Gartrell and former running back Tyson Browning -- for most of their first week of spring practice.
Veterans Fred Gibson (possible concussion) and Reggie Brown
(hamstring) missed Friday's scrimmage. Sophomore Sean Bailey (ankle)
hasn't participated in several days. Junior Mario Raley (shoulder) and
sophomore Cedric Haywood (knee) are out for the entire spring.
"It's crazy, man," Browning said. "Friday was a long
In order to rest his receivers during some drills Friday, Richt used
quarterbacks Joe Tereshinski III and Peach County's A.J. Bryant to run
"It was just to give those other guys a blow," he said.
"It was not a
position (change) thing."
The injuries may be a blessing to Browning as he tries to learn a new
"It does give me an opportunity to get out there and get a lot of
quality reps," he said.
Gartrell has made the most of his extended time with several nice
catches in the first week.
SHINING STAR: It used to be that All-American defensive end was the
most well-known product of Shiloh High School, but that has changed in
the last two months as 16-year-old Diana Degarmo became one of 10
finalists on FOX's American Idol television show.
Who's the bigger star now?
"Diana, there is no question," Pollack said.
Pollack got a sneak peak of Degarmo's talent several years ago when
she performed at the opening of the new Shiloh football stadium.
"She was 8 or 9 and she could belt it out then," he said.
LIMITED WORK: D.J. Shockley isn't participating in any live team
drills this spring because he is still recovering from knee surgery he
had in the fall, but that hasn't stopped Richt from being impressed with
the junior quarterback.
"He's looking really, really good," Richt said. "He's been
in his decision-making and his accuracy. I've seen him throw some passes
with touch that I've not seen him throw before. He's learning when to
take a little off."
BASKETBALL COMMITMENT: Robert Dozier, a 6-foot-8, 195-pound forward
out of Lithonia High School, verbally committed to Georgia coach Dennis Felton, according to TheInsiders.com.
"He needs to be a little more selfish," Lithonia coach Lewis
said. "He could have averaged around 40 points per game, but he wanted
to get everyone involved."
Dozier, who chose the Bulldogs over North Carolina State and Miami,
joins fall signees Channing Toney and Sundiata Gaines in Felton's second
recruiting class. He is ranked the No. 75 player in the country by
ATHENS – Georgia got ready for its scrimmage Saturday with a practice Thursday afternoon…