(Updated 11 p.m.)
There was no football practice Wednesday. Georgia resumes spring ball on Thursday and also practices Friday and Saturday, the latter a closed scrimmage in Sanford Stadium.
Meanwhile, a few notes and quotes:
After working at OLB the first two practices and at ILB the past three, he said inside seems a better fit for him. He said he doesn’t expect to take a redshirt season this fall but did not completely rule out the possibility. He said it’s too early to gauge how much progress he will make by the start of the season.
“I still have to get used to using my hands and getting used to doing certain techniques you need for defense,” he said. “Just because I know the plays and how to get to the ball, I need more than that to contribute to the defense.”
He reiterated that he thinks his running-back days are completely behind him.
“I felt like I had to get in better shape,” he said. “Just on the field running around, getting off the ball, going back and forth, I feel a lot better than when I first came in.”
Geathers said he’s the lightest he’s been since at least his sophomore year of high school. He has been working exclusively at the nose position in Georgia’s new 3-4 defense this spring. In fact, he’s the only player who has concentrated solely on the nose; others, including DeAngelo Tyson, have been cross-training at nose and defensive end. “I think it fits me pretty good,” Geathers said of the nose. “I feel a little more comfortable there [than at DT in the 4-3 defense].”
Justin Anderson, who started five games last season on the offensive line, will join the competition at the nose when he returns to practice from a shoulder injury this summer. (If you missed it, Mark Richt said Anderson will shift to the defensive line.) “I think he’ll be a good nose tackle,” Geathers said of Anderson.
“Nick plays with a lot of speed and energy and enthusiasm,” Richt said, “and the more he understands what’s going on out there, the better it’s going to be for him. He’s like the rest of them — still trying to figure it out. But one thing about him is, he’ll play fast and he’ll hit you.”
Williams is delighted to be back at safety, his original college position before moving to linebacker last year. Safety “is where my heart was, coming in,” Williams said.
Bacarri Rambo is the other first-team safety.