Friday, April 15, 2011
Exiting the spring: Georgia
By Edward Aschoff
Spring game: 1 p.m. ET on ESPN3.com
Questions answered: Aaron Murray’s soccer-related ankle injury didn’t get to him this spring. He was sharp and pain-free. No worries there. Also, good news came out of the receiving corps where Tavarres King made strides to become the go-to-guy for Murray. He’s replacing A.J. Green at the flanker and held his own there during spring practices. Jarvis Jones also eased minds about Justin Houston's loss. He'll play at strongside and the coaches have praised how complete of a player he is. He’s shown that he might have a little bit more athleticism and speed for the position.
Questions unanswered: The running game still remains a mystery. Senior Caleb King stepped up, but didn’t really separate himself from the pack. Washaun Ealey, who returned from a suspension this spring, suffered a hamstring injury early and hasn’t returned to full speed. Carlton Thomas and Ken Malcome made plays, but due to injuries, neither could ever consistently stand out. It looks like Malcome could get a lot of work in the spring game. The offensive line still appears to be a bit of a trouble spot since losing Trinton Sturdivant, who was working at both right and left tackle. Converted guard Cordy Glenn is expected to take over all duties at left tackle, while Justin Anderson could play right tackle. Sophomores Kenarious Gates and Chris Burnette are working with the first-team at the guard positions. Inconsistency plagued the safety positions last season for the Bulldogs and injuries there this spring didn’t do much to clear that up.
Spring stars: Looks like nose guard Kwame Geathers really did well this spring. The coaches would like to play him and JUCO standout John Jenkins together. That's a force that reaches nearly 700 pounds. Defensive end Derrick Lott received a lot of praise from players and coaches this spring. He will be relied upon to be a major contributor for this defense. While the wide receiver position is still a bit of an unknown, Marlon Brown has performed well this spring. He’s underachieved since arriving on campus, but drew high praise for his work this spring. Outside linebacker Cornelius Washington also made some strides this spring, especially with his ability to make big hits on defense. Sophomore quarterback Hutson Mason has really made a lot of progress this spring and is the clear No. 2 for the Bulldgos. Freshman quarterback Christian LeMay probably won’t usurp the two, but he’s impressed his coaches so far.
Of note: Christian Robinson is making the move over to mike linebacker. Safeties Bacarri Rambo (MCL sprain), Jakar Hamilton (concussion) are out. Coach Mark Richt said safety Marc Deas (hamstring) could get some time in tomorrow's game. … Linebackers Dexter Morant (shoulder) and T.J. Stripling (knee) will be held out of spring practice. … Sanders Commings, who played at cornerback last year, experimented some at safety this spring. … Safety Alec Ogletree moved to inside linebacker. Cornerback Brandon Boykin, linebacker Christian Robinson, wide receiver Israel Troupe and tight end Aron White could be out for Saturday’s game with injuries.