2006 Spring Football: Day 5 News and Notes

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Posted Mar 20, 2006


ATHENS - News and notes from Georgia's spring practices.

QUARTERBACK DERBY: Nobody is going to win the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback job this spring. Richt has made that clear for weeks. Monday, he made it clear that no one will be eliminated

“We’re rolling them equally the entire spring,” he said. “We won’t change that no matter how good or bad anybody looks.”

Asked to clarify, he reiterated that all four scholarship quarterbacks – senior Joe Tereshinski, sophomore Blake Barnes, redshirt freshman Joe Cox and freshman Matthew Stafford – all will still be in the running for the job during the April 8 G-Day game.

“At the end of spring, we may decide something going into (fall) camp,” Richt said. “I’d rather roll them all as equal as we can and make an evaluation at the end. (Spring) is just not enough time, I don’t think it’s fair.”

INJURY UPDATE: Redshirt freshman receiver Michael Moore re-injured an old PCL injury in his knee last week and will miss the rest of contact practice this spring. Moore could be out entirely, depending on the severity of his injury. Team doctors are unsure if he simply tore scar tissue in his knee or suffered more damage, Richt said.

“He feels pretty good,” Richt said. “It’s not as bad as he thought when it first happened. If he feels good enough to run routes, we’ll let him go out there and do it.”

PRACTICE UPDATE: Georgia practiced Monday for the first time since taking a week off for spring break, and Richt was pleased with the effort.

“I like the way these guys practice,” he said. “They get after it real good.”

He singled out defensive ends Marcus Howard and Roderick Battle after the workout. Georgia will hold its first spring scrimmage Saturday.

PRO DAY NEARING: Georgia will hold its annual pro day Thursday, giving its draft eligible players one last chance to impress pro scouts. More than two dozen NFL general managers, coaches and scouts are expected at the team’s practice fields to see quarterback D.J. Shockley, offensive lineman Max Jean-Gilles and tight end Leonard Pope, among others.

“It’s an important day, but I think they’ve seen a lot of me now,” said Shockley, who participated in the NFL Combine. “This is just a little bit closer look than the combine.”

Thanks to a new NFL rule, the Bulldogs also will be hosting several pro hopefuls from schools like Fort Valley State and Morris Brown.

Shockley, who attended Monday’s practice along with Jean-Gilles, said he doesn’t have any clue where he’ll be picked in April’s draft.

“I’m the type, I don’t even want to know,” he said. “I don’t even ask my agent. I try to stay away from the NFL channels and all of that.”


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