August 10, 2009

Richt pleased with Dawgs start

Georgia coach Mark Richt doesn't want to jinx himself.

But based on the way the Bulldogs have started their first week-plus of preseason drills, his squad definitely appears to be getting itself into competitive shape.

Monday morning, Georgia took to the practice field in full pads for 2 hours before wrapping up its first of three two-a-days with another 2 workout later in the afternoon.

"If we keep progressing like we are we're going to be in good shape," Richt said. "Of course it's just seven out of 29 practices and we've still got 22 more to go so there's certainly a lot of work to day. But if we keep up like this with this kind of tempo, attitude and focus we're going to be OK."

Richt and the coaches certainly got their money's worth.

Coaches put the players through 3-on-3, inside and goal line drills before calling it a morning.

"The offense won the 3-on-3 but the defense won the inside drill," Richt said. "The score was tied 8-8 so we let the No. 1 offense go against the No. 1 defense for one play to break the tie and the defense won that."

The defense won the goal-line drill 7-2.

Other Monday bits of interest:

• Linebacker Darryl Gamble had another interception, his third thus far in camp.

• Richt said only one player has been affected with cramp thus far in camp. "Only one in camp thus far in fantastic," he said. "That's a great sign."

• Richt said there have been 75 pass breakups during the first six practice days.

• The Bulldogs will their first official 11-on-11 scrimmage Wednesday after originally scheduling it for Saturday.

• Richt said the bulk of interceptions in practice have occurred during drills pitting the No. 2 offense against the No. 1 defense. Freshmen Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger have seen most of the snaps with the No. 2 offense with starter Joe Cox and backup Logan Gray getting most of the snaps with the first unit.

• According to Richt, Cox ran all of the pass skeleton and in the 11-on-11 drills.

• Richt said he anticipates there being some separation with the running backs following Wednesday's first scrimmage.

Injury update

Richt had some good news regarding defensive end Justin Houston who missed the Monday morning session with shoulder injury.

Although Richt did not give the exact diagnosis, he said that the injury wasn't serious and anticipates him being back to practice on Wednesday.

Also, defensive end Demarcus Dobbs sat out the afternoon workouts but Richt said that was just as a precaution. Dobbs broke his fifth metacarpal bone in the spring but said earlier Monday he is 100 percent.

The news was also good for Marlon Brown and Washaun Ealey.

Ealey took part in afternoon workouts after being fitted with a brace to protect the elbow he hyperextended in Friday's workout.

Brown, meanwhile, according to Richt has a "chip or a crack" in his finger but should be back to catching passes Wednesday.

Tavarres King also donned a green jersey for the Monday afternoon practice but Richt said it wasn't serious.

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