Head coach Mark Richt announced after practice that Andrew Williams, a 6-0, 233 pound senior free safety from Blairsville, Ga., and Chris Gaunder, a6-0, 216 pound senior linebacker from Acworth, Ga., were put on scholarship as of Tuesday.
³It¹s a very exciting time for them, I¹m sure. It¹s very well deserved,² Richt said. ³We put Jeff Henson on in the summer as well. Those are three young men who have busted their tail for us.²
Richt also noted that Kiante Tripp, a 6-6, 270 pound redshirt freshman from Atlanta, Ga. has moved from the defensive line to right tackle on offense and will wear number 64.
³He really looks good out there,² Richt said. ³He absolutely has a ton to learn but his body type and athleticism is tailor made for the position. It¹s really going to help Georgia and it¹s going to help him too. A lot ofit had to do with the injuries we had and the lack of depth. He saw an opportunity and was very excited about the chance to do it. I¹m glad he hasgot the right attitude about it. You don¹t want to move a guy who doesn¹t want to move, but he was ready to move. He told me he played defensive end and tackle both in high school and he liked them both.²
In regards to the linebacker position, Richt had previously mentioned that the plan is to cross train all the linebackers.
³Brandon (Miller) of late has played more Sam and (Dannell) Ellerbe has played more Mike,² Richt indicated when asked about Miller¹s play on Tuesday. ³If it happened today we would probably play Ellerbe at Mike. It doesn¹t diminish Miller¹s ability. Even though he isn¹t playing a lot of Mike right now, he is the guy who is physically dominating. He¹s quite frankly throwing our tight ends around.²
Also of interest, U.S. Congressman Paul Broun, a native of Athens and Representative from Georgia¹s 10th congressional district, visited the practice session.