April 6, 2009

How bad is Durham hurt?

Is he or isn't he? Will he or won't he?

When it comes to his injured left shoulder, senior wide receiver Kris Durham isn't saying what the problem is that's going to force him to miss the rest of spring practice.

During his post-practice press conference Monday, head coach Mark Richt suggested that surgery could be needed to repair whatever injury Durham has, but when asked, the Calhoun native was vague about his true condition.

"I'm just a little banged up, we'll see what happens," he said. "I don't know yet. I've got a few decisions on my hands. I've got to talk it over with some people."

Durham did say he suffered the injury almost two weeks ago. He did not participate in Georgia's scrimmage last Saturday at Sanford Stadium.

"I'm moving all right, it's not hindering me at all, that's why this is a tough decision," said Durham, currently listed at No. 1 on the depth chart at split end. "It's got strength in it and I can move it. I've just got to talk it over with Coach (Tony) Ball, my family, talk to Coach Richt and discuss it over with him and see what some other people think."

With Durham out, junior Tony Wilson, who's coming back from an injury (foot) of his own, slides into the top spot at split end ahead of Tavarres King.

"Tony is out of the green jersey, he's been out of it for a while and you're finally seeing him start to move closer to what he was," Richt said. "If you didn't know Tony and you just watch him you wouldn't think he was hurt but he's still rusty. He's probably still 10 pounds heavier than he needs to be but he's going to be highly motivated."

Durham did take part in conditioning drills Monday.

Dawgs work out in the blustery cold

Georgia worked out for about 90 minutes in shorts, helmets and shoulder pads Monday in conditions Richt said were far from desirable.

"It was cold, windy and very difficult for the guys (quarterbacks) to throw accurately but overall I though we did a pretty good job," Richt said. "According to Coach (Wayne) Norton, who has coached the track team for almost 20 years here, this was the coldest day his teams have practiced on during the month of April and I can believe it."

Along with Durham, Richt also gave an update on starting free safety Bryan Evans who suffered a concussion Saturday, but could be back practicing Wednesday.

Also, linebacker Charles White saw his first action in the scrimmage and did particularly well.

"He did a nice job," Richt said. "He was very physical out there and remembered all of the schemes from his position."

This and that

Richt said that redshirt freshman running back Carlton Thomas reminds him of former Bulldog Tyson Browning. "He's a little like Tyson. He can make people miss. He's not as fast as Tyson, but the agility and change of direction is very similar. He's doing a nice job." … Look for Fred Munzenmaier to get more snaps at tailback during Saturday's G-Day Game (1 p.m.). … There will be an alumni flag football game prior to the G-Day contest, starting at 11:15 a.m. … Running back Dontavius Jackson and Kalvin Daniels ditched their green jerseys Monday and practiced with the rest of the team. … Linebacker Akeem Hebron (Achilles) and safety Quintin Banks (knee) will not be able to practice the rest of the spring after all. Richt had said earlier that he hoped the pair would get some action before Saturday. … Richt said safety Bacarri Rambo (MCL sprain) "might be back" in time for G-Day.

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