March 4, 2009

Getting ready for spring

Despite some big losses on both sides of the ball, Georgia coach Mark Richt said he will head into spring practice confident in the team's ability to fill the vacancies.

That includes running back, where redshirt sophomore Caleb King and redshirt freshman Carlton Thomas will get first dibs at replacing Knowshon Moreno, being that Richard Samuel and Dontavius Jackson will both miss the spring recovering from injuries.

The Bulldogs kick off spring practice on St. Patrick's Day, March 17.

"I don't know if we have anything that glaring, but it will be interesting to see the outcome at tailback," Richt said. "We think there is absolutely an answer with the guys we already have, and with (Weshaun) Ealey coming in. We've just got to see who steps to the forefront. I will be interesting to see how they grow."

Although Samuel and Jackson will not be taking part in spring drills, running backs coach Bryan McClendon said recently that a decision would not be made on the rotation until the pair has an opportunity to show what they can do once preseason rolls around.

Davis slow recovering

Richt said that offensive lineman Josh Davis status for the start of the season will likely be in question after the rising junior undergoes a second shoulder surgery next week.

Davis, who injured his left shoulder in Georgia's Capital One Bowl victory over Michigan State, underwent an operation on his left shoulder back in early January.

The second operation would be on Davis' right shoulder.

"Right now I feel the start of the season would be a question for Josh," Richt said. "Everyone else will have two months of being full speed and get a chance to be 100 percent before we go to camp."

That list includes offensive lineman Chris Davis, defensive tackle Brandon Wood and Darius Dewberry, who coaches have talked about moving to defensive end.

Richt on Jancek

Richt reiterated that just because linebackers coach John Jancek has a new title of Defensive Co-Coordinator, his duties with the Bulldogs will basically remain unchanged.

"This is really a situation where is role is not really going to change a whole lot around here than what it has been. He's always been very involved with the game-planning, with Coach (Willie) Martinez, as have all our coaches, had a lot of input over the years," Richt said. "Just to make it clear, Willie Martinez is our defensive coordinator. It's not two co-coordinators on an equal basis. Willie is the tip of the spear so to speak; he's where the buck stops and the leader of the group."

Jancek, whose salary of $163,000 made him the second-lowest paid assistant with the Bulldogs, is expected to get a boost from his new title, but Richt would not say what that might be.

"I'll just say this. I feel salaries are a private matter," Richt said. "In my opinion everybody's salaries should not be published so I never make public comments on guys' salaries."

This and that

Georgia announced that there will be no admission for the G-Day Game scheduled for April 11 at Sanford Stadium. The game, which will kick off at 1 p.m., will be televised live by ESPN. Announcers for the game will be Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (color analyst) and Wendy Nix (sideline reporter). … Sam linebacker Nick Williams said he now weighs 222 pounds and is still able to run the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds. He said he hopes to get to 235 pounds, and believes he will still be able to keep his speed. … Richt said the team will continue to look at incoming walk-ons to see if the team can find someone to handle the kickoffs. If not, Blair Walsh, Jamie Lindley and Andrew Jensen would battle for the job. … Both Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno will arrive in town Sunday to begin preparation for Georgia's Pro Day set for March 19.



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