2006 Spring Practice: Day 1 Practice Reports

Posted Mar 4, 2006

ATHENS - For nearly two hours the Georgia Bulldogs opened spring football practice on Saturday morning under cloudless blue skies at the Woodruff practice fields.

The morning workout begins the 15-practice schedule that will conclude with the G-Day game at noon on April 8 in Sanford Stadium.

“It was a perfect day,” said head coach Mark Richt. “The guys are coming off mat drills in good condition. They are flying around and responding to the coaching. It was a very sharp day.”

Richt announced that cornerback Mikey Henderson has made the move to receiver for the remainder of spring drills. The coaching staff will evaluate after G-Day if Henderson will return to defense.

“We’ll see if he can make some plays for us there, and see what happens over 15 practices. Even if he goes back to defense he’s creating some depth for us at receiver,” Richt said.

Richt also discussed the quarterback position including freshman Matthew Stafford’s first Bulldog practice. Senior Joe Tereshinski is at the top of Georgia’s depth chart, followed by redshirt sophomore Blake Barnes, redshirt freshman Joe Cox and Stafford.

“(Stafford’s) a talented passer. He’s going full speed but right now the other three guys have a lot better idea of what to do. He’s got a long way to go,” said Richt.

And on the offensive line, senior Michael Turner saw the majority of his action in day one at tackle but could play any position on the line of scrimmage.

“Michael is the most versatile lineman we have. You can create depth on the field by having enough guys or cross training. He’s one who might have to learn them all,” said Richt.

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