Update from UGA football practice
(Updated 9 p.m.)
ATHENS — Classes are back in session at UGA. And so is football.
Classes resumed Monday after spring break, and the Bulldogs returned to the field on a beautiful, sunny Tuesday afternoon for the second session of spring practice -– 12 days after the first.
“I thought the boys were kind of rusty. I guess you would expect that coming off spring break,” coach Mark Richt said. “But they are very eager to learn, very eager to prove to the coaching staff they deserve to play. They’re really working hard at learning what to do. I’ve got no issue with their effort at all right now or the attitude of the group. It’s pretty encouraging, actually.”
Notes from practice:
- There were fewer players in green non-contact jerseys, signifying injuries, for this practice than in the first session of spring ball March 4. In fact, the only green jersey Tuesday was on fullback Fred Munzenmaier (shoulder). (The quarterbacks were wearing black jerseys, signifying non-contact but not injury.)
- In the secondary, Shawn Williams was working with the No. 1 unit, along with Brandon Boykin, Vance Cuff and Bacarri Rambo. Branden Smith was working with the second unit.
- Richt said Carlton Thomas practiced “extremely well.” Thomas is the No. 3 tailback behind Caleb King and Washaun Ealey. Richt said Thomas is determined to compete for playing time. Thomas also is working on kickoff and punt returns.
- The quarterbacks — Logan Gray, Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger — again shared reps equally. Richt said he’ll decide by the end of the week how to discipline Mettenberger, including how many games the recently arrested QB will be suspended to start the season. Click here for more on the Mettenberger situation.
- If Gray doesn’t win the starting QB job, he likely will continue his special-teams role of fielding deep punts, Richt indicated. “In the fall, I think he will either be the guy [at quarterback] or he will be a very strong candidate to do what he did last year on the punt team,” Richt said. “We’ll just see what the future holds. I’m not counting him out for any other special teams, either. Just depends on how this QB race goes.”
Georgia practices again on Thursday and Saturday.