Gibson in Spring practice


Posted Mar 11, 2003


Added Gibson, who has said he won't play basketball after this season: "I wish I was still playing basketball, but things happen for a reason. It will get better, I guess.''

ATHENS, Ga. - Fred Gibson planned to be practicing his jump shot in basketball practice Tuesday. Instead, he was running routes with the football team.

After the Georgia basketball team was pulled out of the postseason Monday, Gibson was back with the football team. The receiver came to Georgia on football scholarship but also has played on the basketball team for two years.

"It was a little awkward coming from basketball,'' Gibson said. "I was thinking I was going to be at basketball practice today and I had football practice today.''

Added Gibson, who has said he won't play basketball after this season: "I wish I was still playing basketball, but things happen for a reason. It will get better, I guess.''

Coach Mark Richt said Gibson "did very well'' but was rusty for his first football practice of the spring.

"I thought his route running was very good,'' Richt said.

NOTES: Offensive tackle Dennis Roland continues to struggle with a sore leg and was to have more X-rays late Tuesday. "I tried to practice (Monday) but I couldn't push off it,'' he said. "They still think there might be a fracture.''

Initial X-rays showed no fracture.

Offensive guard Josh Brock also is still out with a sprained ankle. Each could return for the second half of spring drills.

After a scrimmage Thursday, players will be off for spring break until March 25. ...Tuesday was pro day for NFL scouts who took close looks at Georgia players from the 2002 team and some who did not play for the Bulldogs last year. Running back Jasper Sanks, linebacker Adrian Hollingshed and receiver Durell Robinson were three former players who worked out for scouts. Richt said Sanks "looked good, he's about 230-something and I don't know if he needs to be any smaller than that. He's a big man.''

Linebacker Boss Bailey was measured at 45 1/2 inches in the vertical leap. Richt said the scouts now would have no choice but to believe the stories of Bailey's leaping ability.

Tailback Musa Smith ran the 40-yard dash at 4.41 seconds, perhaps boosting his draft status.

Bailey, defensive tackle Johnathan Sullivan and offensive tackle George Foster are projected as probable first-round picks, and Smith and offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb may be moving close to first-round status.


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