“That was about what happens every time we’re in full pads,” Richt said. “We always seem to hug and kiss and come out of it fine.”
Both times, offensive lineman Daniel Inman and defensive end Will Thompson, a Northside High School graduate, were at the middle of the pile.
“It’s usually Inman and somebody,” Richt said. “I asked his dad (an offensive lineman at East Carolina), ‘Were you that mean when you played?’ He said, ‘Coach, I just thought it was competitiveness.’ That kind of runs in the family.”
Inman laughed about the fights after the game.
“Usually it’s me and (defensive end David) Pollack but Will will do,” he said. “It was a get-after-it day, man. Tempers flare. Sometimes that stuff happens but it’s all in fun. It’s all on the field. None of it is off the field. We walk off the field and everybody is buddies.”
Thompson was not available for comment after the game. Inman said he thought the fights started between him and defensive tackle Kedric Golston, but he was unsure.
“All I see is a white jersey out there,” he said.
NO SERIOUS INJURIES: Georgia fans held their breath twice as starting linebacker Tony Taylor and then starting offensive lineman Max Jean-Gilles were helped off the field due to injury, but the team doctors aren’t overly concerned about either injury, Richt said.
Taylor hurt his knee, while Jean-Gilles suffered a high ankle sprain.
HOLLIS CHEERED: On the White team’s fifth offensive play, senior running back Albert Hollis ran 6 yards up the middle for a first down and drew a standing ovation from the portion of the crowd that realized it was the first meaningful carry of his career. Hollis dislocated his knee during spring practice prior to his redshirt freshman year and just returned to contact work this spring.
“I kind of figured the fans would really respond,” Richt said. “He deserves a standing ovation.”
Hollis finished the game with 11 yards on four carries.
“(The ovation) really meant a lot,” he said. “Throughout the last three years, the fans and my family have been in my corner and never quit on me. I just want to thank the Bulldog Nation for everything.”
He graded his performance as average.
“As far as getting hit, I’m fine,” he said. “I’ve still got a lot of football to work on.”
KICKING BATTLE STILL TIGHT: Place-kickers Andy Bailey and Brandon Coutu continued a neck-and-neck battle for the starting job. In a mini-tryout before the game, Coutu, a walk-on, hit 5-of-5 from varying distances, while Bailey, who is on scholarship, was 4-of-5 from the same spots. In the game, Coutu hit two extra points and Bailey hit one. On the final two plays of the game, Coutu missed a 45-yard field goal attempt and Bailey missed a 51-yard attempt.
“I thought everybody kicked pretty well,” Richt said. “I know we didn’t make every kick, but they sure looked like kickers. I don’t think anybody has run away with the competition.”
It’s possible, Richt said, that Coutu could be used on short field goal attempts and Bailey on longer ones in the fall.
Brian Mimbs of Dublin is expected to join the team as a preferred walk-on in the fall and will have a shot to earn the job. The starting kicker probably won’t be named until the final scrimmage of fall practice, Richt said.
BIG DAY FOR BRYANT: Peach County’s A.J. Bryant, who was moved from quarterback to wide receiver in the second week of spring practice, led the White team with three catches for 22 yards. He also had a 5-yard carry on an end around.
“A.J. is still trying to learn the game, but you can see his athleticism out there, and his ability to catch the ball,” Richt said. “He’s shows enough ability to get you really excited.”
Bryant hasn’t voiced any concerns about his position switch and was pleased with his effort.
“I was expecting big things out of myself today,” he said. “I had to step up to the challenge and I think I did.”
Still, he estimated he knew about 10 percent of what he needed to to become a complete wide receiver.
MAKING A MOVE: Defensive end Quentin Moses played on the Red team with the second-team defense but performed like a guy not satisfied with being a reserve. Moses, playing against the second team offense, had three sacks and five tackles.
“Quentin has had a great spring,” Richt said. “He’s really learned to play hard. He does more than rush the passer. He’s getting much more physical against the run.”
WOMEN’S HOOPS UPDATE: Georgia’s Christi Thomas was selected with the 12th overall pick of the WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks on Thursday. She was taken off the board with the next-to-last selection in the first round.
“She’s a strong physical player,” said WNBA analyst and former player Rebecca Lobo. “I think she opened up a lot of people’s eyes when she played against the U.S. National Team (earlier this month). She proved her toughness down at the final Four.”
Thomas finished her Georgia career 10th in school history in scoring (1,593 points), fifth in rebounding (906) and fourth in blocks (194). She was a first-team All-SEC selection this year after helping the Lady Bulldogs to the Elite Eight.
Thomas became Georgia’s fifth first-round pick in the last four years.
“I was sweating bullets after the first nine or 10 picks, but when they said my name, we all screamed, and I was too happy,” Thomas said. “I’m obviously excited and ready.”