FIERCE BATTLE: It appears one of the closest competitions at this point is for the backup middle linebacker spot. Junior Marcus Washington, who is coming back from a knee injury, is listed as the top reserve, but true freshman Charles White, who was rated the sixth-best outside linebacker in the nation by ESPN.com, is making a strong push.
Fullback Brannan Southerland said he’s seen a lot of White with the second team in practice, but Washington remains the No. 2, Richt said.
“I haven’t even given that any thought,” White said of his spot on the depth chart. “I just do the things that (linebacker coach John) Jancek asks me to do. I know everything else will take care of itself.”
WHICH WAY DID IT GO?: Defensive end Jarius Wynn, a transfer from Georgia Military College, is close to knowing all he needs to know, he said, but there’s still one problem. Play-action passing still is giving Wynn fits, he said.
He’s struggling to tell when the play is a run and when the quarterback still has the ball, he said.
“It’s still kind of hard,” he said. “I’m still learning.”
DEEP MAN: Moreno, Brown and Asher Allen remain in the running to be Georgia’s lone deep man on kickoff returns, said Ball, who coordinates that unit.
“I’m trying to see who handles the communication part well, who understands the best about setting up the blocks and who sees it better,” Ball said. “I’m kind of looking at those three things and seeing who actually handles the responsibility the best. The first thing you have to do is communicate and field the ball so I want to make sure we have the right guy back there for that.”
OUT OF NOWHERE: Walk-on Bo Stansell, a redshirt freshman, is in the running for the kickoff job, Richt said.