August 7, 2010

Freshman player returns to the team

Georgia coach Mark Richt announced Saturday that a new player has joined the team - Dexter Morant.

A 6-foot-7, 240-pound outside linebacker, Morant had said he was leaving the Bulldogs, that he had grown tired of football.

But Saturday morning, Morant was back and apparently in good graces with the rest of the Bulldog squad.

"Dexter called me (Friday) night, realized he did make a big mistake and wanted to come back," Richt said following Saturday's full-pad workout at the team's Woodruff Practice Facility. "So I talked to Coach (Todd) Grantham and talked to the seniors about it and everyone said Dexter should be allowed to be back on the team."

Morant was at practice Saturday, but will have to complete the NCAA-mandated five-day acclimation period before he resumes full-fledged workouts with the rest of the team.

"Nobody wanted him to make a decision like that and really have it affect his life in a negative way," Richt said. "So they (Georgia players) were like we've all been homesick, scared, whatever it might have been, so that's what we're going to do."

Richt said Morant actually went back and forth to his hometown of Manning, S.C. twice since preseason camp began last Monday.

"It not shocking (that he came back), but I didn't know. We gave him every chance to stay, we encouraged him to stay but he just wanted to go," Richt said. "But when he got there and started to live out that decision, he was like 'Boy, I made a big mistake.'"

Richt said he players told him Friday that Morant was reconsidering his position.

"He had texted a couple of teammates, all that kind of stuff," Richt said. "I kind of new the call was coming because a couple of guys during flex were like 'Hey, Dexter's texting me, he thinks he made a big mistake' so I just kind of waited a little bit and before I knew it there was the phone call."

Wooten to miss two weeks

Richt said the wide receiver Rantavious Wooten has a sprained knee and is expected to miss the next two weeks.

"It's a sprain and nothing that would need any kind of surgery," Richt said. "It's probably going to be just a couple of weeks."

Richt also said it's possible that linebacker Akeem Dent (foot) could be ready for the season-opener against Louisiana-Lafayette.

Freshman QB shows his gun

No doubt wide receiver Israel Troupe will buckle his chinstrap the next time he goes out for a pass from walk-on freshman Greg Bingham.

During drills Saturday, Bingham fired a throw that went right through Troupe's hands, nearly knocking the helmet off the wide receiver's head.

"I'm not actually sure (if he had the strap on) but I got a kick out of it and I think everybody else did, too," Bingham said. "It was one of those fun moments in football."

Richt pleased with full pads workout

Richt liked what he saw from his Bulldogs' first full-pad workout of the preseason.

"You know what, I thought they did really good today," Richt said. "I think they fought through the heat and practiced with a lot of energy. When you look at the week in its entirety, it was very, very good. We've been very fortunate on injuries with nothing more than bumps and bruises. There's a really good feeling surrounding this team. It has a good mental edge to it."

Georgia worked for two-and-a-half hours in hot conditions Saturday. The Bulldogs return to practice Monday afternoon.

This and that

Backup safety and special teams standout Chad Gloer missed his sixth straight day. Caleb King and Tanner Strickland did return … Walk-on quarterback Parker Welch of Wayne County is the first player from Jesup to suit up for the Bulldogs since Chad Wilson (1990-93). … Running back Ken Malcome said he weighs 215 pounds, up from the 210 that he played last year at Southwest Dekalb. Malcome also reported that the shoulder he injured in the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs against Clarke Central is completely healed.

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