July 17, 2006

Bryant eager for fall camp to begin

A shoulder injury slowed the progress of Georgia's A.J. Bryant at receiver during spring practice, relegating him to a spectator on the sidelines. With the start of preseason practice closing in, the junior flanker from Fort Valley is aiming to make up for lost time.

Bryant missed spring practice with a shoulder injury that allowed the former defensive back turned receiver Mikey Henderson to create a buzz during spring practice. Henderson's ability to step in at a position where Kenneth Harris is the starter was made easier by Mike Moore's leg injury that kept him out of spring practice.

"They've got a little bit of edge on me because of the spring, but I'm trying to make up for it during the summer," Bryant said.

Bryant has no such problem with injuries right now. He's fully recovered from shoulder surgery and has been working out on the field since the middle of May, logging time either in the weight room or the practice fields nearly every day, including the weekends. "I'm feeling pretty good right now, the shoulder's feeling great," Bryant said.

Going into preseason camp, Bryant is the No. 2 flanker behind Harris and ahead of Henderson and Moore respectively. He's also a candidate to be the receiver in the Bulldogs' three-receiver package. At that position, he's competing with Moore, Henderson, senior Mario Raley, sophomore Demiko Goodman, junior T.J. Gartrell and true freshmen Kris Durham. Freshman Tony Wilson is also expected to be in the mix at receiver.

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