Smith Doesn't Say Much

ATHENS – The switch to a new scheme means only three defensive line players will start for Georgia. Plenty will play, however.

Head coach Mark Richt said Monday the team is working in a number of players. The plan is to have "at least" a two-deep ready to go.

"Every guy that proves like he's ready to play will play," Richt said. "We know we have to substitute, up front especially. Especially with the heat that we'll be dealing with."

Demarcus Dobbs, an end, is the only "shoo-in" to start, according to Richt. DeAngelo Tyson has been working at end as well as tackle.

Redshirt freshman Kwame Geathers has had a good camp, allowing for the possibility of him playing tackle and moving Tyson to end. Abry Jones and Brandon Wood are also competing for time at end.

Richt all wet

The Bulldogs had their annual diving competition at the campus swim center, skipping practice due to rainy weather. (They will practice today instead.)

Richt dove from the highest level, as he does every year. But this time he did it in his street clothes – because of the late change in plans he hadn't packed his swim trunks.

"I didn't expect him to do it with his clothes on," linebacker Cornelius Washington said.

Scholarship awarded

Josh Sailors, a junior fullback from Athens, is a walk-on no more. The graduate of Oconee County High School was given a scholarship, the team announced.

Sailors, a 5-foot-9, 230-pounder, has not appeared in a game in four seasons. He is the fifth walk-on to be awarded a scholarship this year.

Smith speaks, sort of

Branden Smith didn't want to go into details about the academic issues that kept him out of eight practices. The sophomore cornerback, who returned to the field last Thursday, kept saying "3.4," apparently in reference to his grade point average.

"That's all I can say right now," Smith said.

Smith is one of the team's most dynamic players. He is competing with Vance Cuff for a starting corner spot, returns kicks and can play offense on some packages, something he'd like to keep doing. But he wasn't sure if that was still on tap.

"I don't really ask, to tell you the truth," he said. "I would love to play offense. I would love to help the team out. That's what I'm all about."

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