UGA practice notes: ‘Hard not to feel pressure’ in A.J.’s old spot, King says

ATHENS – Tavarres King, Georgia’s top returning receiver, is making the transition this spring from split end to flanker, A.J. Green’s old spot.

“It’s hard not to feel pressure when you’ve got big shoes to fill like that,” King said Saturday. “But I’m looking at it as a challenge; I’m challenging myself to be great.”

The change of positions, although not dramatic, is “a learning process right now for me,” King said.

“It’s a little different,” he said. “You got more space when you play flanker because it’s to the wider side of the field. Playing split end, I think you’ve got to be a little quicker and know how to operate in tight spaces.”

With the loss of Green, a projected top-10 NFL draft pick, and Kris Durham from last season’s team, one of the major projects of Georgia’s spring practice is rebuilding the receiver group.

“Guys are coming along,” King said. “Marlon Brown looks more and more like a great receiver every day. And Christian Conley [a 2011 signee who enrolled in January] looks real good, just coming in.”

Samuel update

Richard Samuel was Georgia’s No. 1 tailback at the start of the 2009 season, was moved to linebacker in spring practice last year and was redshirted last season partly because of a knee injury.

All of those developments have made his head spin at times, he admitted, “but I get focused back to what I need to do to get back on the field and get some playing time.”

This spring, he is settled in at inside linebacker, where Christian Robinson and former safety Alec Ogletree are the likely starters.

“If I practice well and show I can get the job done,” Samuel said, “I feel I’ll get a fair share of the playing time.”

He said he has only fleeting thoughts about his days as a tailback.

“I think about it every now and then when I look at the other running backs and compare [them] to what I would do if I was in their position,” he said. “But that’s about as far as it goes.”

Saturday’s practice

Georgia practiced for about 30 minutes in the rain in Sanford Stadium on Saturday morning before lightning cut the session short. The practice was the Bulldogs’ fourth of the spring and their first in full pads. The next practice is Tuesday. Coaches also were busy on the recruiting front Saturday with Georgia hosting its annual spring “Junior Day” for future prospects.

– Tim Tucker, AJC

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Dawgs

March 26th, 2011
3:43 pm

What’s going on with the safety position. Could Samuel drop back and play? He has the spreed and would be an absolute beast at his size

RabidDawgFan

March 26th, 2011
4:08 pm

It’s good to hear that so far every player is keeping their noses clean and nobody is getting hurt. Those two things (along with how we play on the field of course) will go a long way in determining how good of a season we will have. If everyone can stay out of trouble, and keep the same goal in mind and be willing to work for it, then we’ll be victorious. We also need to stay healthy. If we’re healthy and stay out of trouble and work hard, the sky’s the limit.

RomeDawg

March 26th, 2011
4:09 pm

With all the athleticism I cannot comprehend why we haven’t gotten more from Samuel?

Bruiser

March 26th, 2011
4:29 pm

Tavarres got 19 a catch in 2010, and 21 yards a catch in 2009. He’s a playmaker and baller. Unless someone else dramatically develops in 4 or 5 months, team’s can double Tavarres to take away his playmaking abilities. I expect King’s numbers to come down to bout 13 a catch because he’ll get the best db on him, and see a LOT of double teams.

Bruiser

March 26th, 2011
4:30 pm

Samuel just ain’t doing enough to ge ton the field. Some guys got it, some don’t.

Bruiser

March 26th, 2011
4:37 pm

Scott Wesley has 4.4, 40 speed, and Mitchell is a bonafide WR. Bennett has some experience and gets a lot of ups from teammates. Marlon Brown, perfect size and strength to be a world class WR–just needs to learn the playbook.

tide roll

March 26th, 2011
4:53 pm

King’s too inconsistant. Your “go to” guy was Israel Troupe but of course Bobo doesn’t like him.

tide roll

March 26th, 2011
4:58 pm

Bill Two questions: Does the abbreviated practice today count against the total allowed for the Spring, and how in the world could the Richt/Bobo comglomerate pass on The Cedar Grove man-child, Brandon Greene for John Theus. It’s decisions like these that should cost them their jobs. Anyway, Roll Tide and thanks for Greene. He was named to the Under Armour All- America team yesterday!

BYRDDAWG

March 26th, 2011
5:16 pm

Can’t wait to roam da dome w/ da DAWGS!!!!! Bring on Boise St!

D A DoubleU G

March 26th, 2011
5:21 pm

must be a ANOTHER slow day in Dadeseville, AL huh Tide Roll??

Delta Stewardess

March 26th, 2011
5:31 pm

I think the best thing we have going for us right now is that the other teams don’t know WHAT PLAYERS to game plan for. The Bad Thing is we don’t know what to expect from the players we have either. We need to get these guy ready fast. The First 2 games are HUGE.

Corninmypooh

March 26th, 2011
5:33 pm

For the first time in several years this offensive line leaves me optimistic. If you look at the entire line-up it’s massive!

Delta Stewardess

March 26th, 2011
5:38 pm

Gators by 1 at the half over Butler. This BUTLER team is no JOKE.

Cornin
The Offensive Line was supposed to be a strength last year. I just don’t what to think until I see the team play.

T.

March 26th, 2011
5:43 pm

Georgia practiced for about 30 minutes in the rain in Sanford Stadium on Saturday morning before lightning cut the session short.

Why was practice cut short? Isn’t there a new indoor facility
what’s up with practicing every two or three days?

SportsFan31313

March 26th, 2011
5:43 pm

Tide Roll,

I have to agree with you. T. King is too inconsistent. It will be a huge job trying to fill AJ Green’s Shoes. There will probably never be a flanker as great as Green. In my opinon, A.J. Green is the greatest player that ever played that position at UGA. I don’t know what the future beholds for the Dawgs this year, but there has to be significant positive changes there or they will have another dissapointing season this fa;;.

SportsFan31313

March 26th, 2011
5:44 pm

JEB

March 26th, 2011
5:47 pm

Romedawg – He redshirted last year after surgery…what did you expect to get?

dawggone

March 26th, 2011
5:47 pm

EVERYBODY HATES UGA

Destin Dawg

March 26th, 2011
5:50 pm

T. what IS up with 30 min. practice ?????? games will be played in the rain.. we had no lightning ????? still no Junk yard Dawg killer ATTITUDE….

T.

March 26th, 2011
5:50 pm

EVERYBODY HATES UGA

Not Really, just ESPN.

T.

March 26th, 2011
5:53 pm

Destin,
Read the second paragraph of my post at 5:43,I’m asking that question,
it was in the article.

Andy

March 26th, 2011
5:57 pm

AJ only scored 2 td’s in the 2nd half of games, all season. 1 td in 4th quarter. Hopefully, Tavarres will be in better condition than AJ and show up at the end of games, against the ranked teams with some big time scores.

Coastal Dawg

March 26th, 2011
6:03 pm

Not buying the OL Koolaid until I see it with my eyes.

Who Cares

March 26th, 2011
6:13 pm

Roll TIde, your little jabs at UGA’s O.L. are getting old. Since you are from ala. I know it’s hard for you to understand that Theus is rated 5 stars and this greene kid maybe a 4 star if he is lucky. Also, Theus has been invited to play in the U.S Army All-American game, which is much more prestigious than the Under Armour game. UGA also is in the final 4 for Humphries the O.L from N.C. who is another 5 star lineman and another Army All-American. Would take these 2 guys anyday over Greene. Are you sure you aren’t Schultz, you certainly do sound like him

Delta Stewardess

March 26th, 2011
6:35 pm

How many of the UGA fans on here really like Bill King’s Blog? Why doesn’t he cover much Basketball or Baseball or anything Female? Why doesn’t somebody else get to write that blog to cover other sports?

Worm

March 26th, 2011
7:11 pm

whocares, I AGREE with you today!

tenn.DAWG

March 26th, 2011
7:25 pm

Marlon Brown doesn’t need to waste another year,way too much talent and very little to show for it.

savannadawg

March 26th, 2011
7:39 pm

First on the negative front here. And any feedback would be great! I agree with who mentioned the indoor practice field, “if you want to call it that”. Why couldn’t they go in there and just line up and “HIT” one another for an hour and half. These coaches are too willing to take time off. This will cost us games and before it’s all over it’s going to cost jobs. I am not the greatest fan of Vince Dooley, But I can assure you there would be some hittin’ goin on somewhere.

dawg4life

March 26th, 2011
7:40 pm

Tide Roll I have to disagree with your assessment of Israel. Too many drops. With the reduced receivers hopefully he will turn it around because we sure need him.

savannadawg

March 26th, 2011
7:44 pm

(tenn.DAWG,) Marlon is a perfect example of a kid that dominates in the classification he played in in High School. It has been extremly hard for him to adjust to the college game. All we can do is hope!

savannadawg

March 26th, 2011
7:48 pm

(dawg4life), I’m not agreeing here with “tideroll”, but unless he’s drop alot in practice I havn’t seen him drop too many when he gets a chance. What few he’s had I like what I’ve seen. Just sayin!

savannadawg

March 26th, 2011
7:52 pm

I read that the amount of practices the team can hit in are already limited to “I think” eight sessions and I believe this # includes scrimmages, can anyone clarify this?

Andy in WR

March 26th, 2011
8:04 pm

Savannadawg, SI latest issue had a big article confirming those numbers. All you knotheads gotta know this ain’t Dooley’s or Bear’s days we live in. The NCAA severely limits the number of practices that you can hit. All because more players were getting hurt in the spring than in the fall. Good Lord, Please study an issue before you pop off!

Dawg Creator

March 26th, 2011
8:15 pm

turmoil in Athens…moving players around and out of position will equal losses on Saturdays. Looks like another 6-5 record this year.

savannadawg

March 26th, 2011
8:25 pm

OK Andy. I guess I’ll just go and spend my money on SI since you make it sound like its the BIble. Screw SI. And you know what else, you get injured when your half assing it. Not full speed. As far as Dooley and Bear, Who cares. I’m not comparing this to that. I’m talking about hitting in practice because thats what football IS. You can talk about all the technique and X’s and O’s all you want. but if you don’t get out there on that field it don’t mean squat. Have you not been watching the dawgs D for the last few years? Come on man!

Dawg Creator

March 26th, 2011
9:33 pm

agree Savdawg….not physical at all. practice like you play or play like you practice. UGA has played like they practiced the last few years…..new coach please

PeePants the hobo clown

March 26th, 2011
9:54 pm

Not on mention of Rantavious Wooten. I like this kid in the slot or in motion and I think he’s going to make plays if we see King getting doubled heavily as some here are speculating.
As for Bennett I’m getting kinda tired already with the “White Lightning” and Durham comparison’s,but then again I NEVER to this day have heard a white player compared to a black player or vice versa based soley on their play styles. Give HIM a chance,let the kid do his thing and be the first Mike Bennett. I think he’s going to be very good. Conley,Mitchell,Seay and next yr Outlaw (end zone option) We look very good down the road WR FUTURE?: EXCELLENT.
Murray’s play speaks for itself and now we have LeMay,Mason and in a jam or to mix things up Marshall-QB FUTURE?: EXCELLENT
We have the “Jewel” in I. Crowell and still have King,Ealy and pounding fast,strong back in Malcolm and hopefully Thomas can hold onto the ball and help out more;RB FUTURE: VERY,VERY GOOD
I think defensivley they got ALOT better and we’re now deep at LB and have aniother yr in the systemm, DEFENSE FUTURE?: VERY VERY GOOD
GOOOO DAWGS !

Contractor

March 26th, 2011
10:11 pm

I’m sorry, but you pretty much have to scrap the Wide Receivers, except Orson Charles if you consider him that over a Tight End. I am hoping the Freshmen coming in will blow us all away and give Murray some open targets. Tavarres King just doesn’t have the hands we need this Fall, and Marlon Brown is a toss up as to if he’ll ever man up and act his size and speed. I have high hopes for this Freshman class. I hate to dog our own players, but I just can’t count on King being any kind of presence. If the line can block, it’ll give all these guys a better opportunity of getting open, but their hands just have to be like glue.

Barkin'Dog

March 26th, 2011
10:44 pm

PeePants the hobo clown
March 26th, 2011
9:54 pm

What you said… all true… and love it.

AND Who Cares
6:13 pm
Roll TIde, your little jabs… ZACTLY what you said!

Couldn’t have said either comments better… so I won’t.

Can’t wait for Boise State… and I won’t let a single naysayer bug me this year.

It’s time to finish the drill. Woof!

AltamahaDawg

March 26th, 2011
11:10 pm

You boys are a little hard on Samuel, considering he wasn’t even playing last year. What exactly were you expecting?

bigcalidawg

March 26th, 2011
11:39 pm

I also feel like Rontavious is our best playmaker. I would see an electric play, then…….nothing. Would love to see Marlon and Bennett step-up. The freshmen are just icing on the cake.

JE

March 27th, 2011
2:39 am

Samuel? When a kid enrolls in January as a 16 year old and is allowed to play a few plays as a 17 year old freshman, placed as a tb starter as a soph, benched when the thugs return to rb, position change as a red shirt jr. changed position as a red shirt jr. and now after a year studying lb. is dropped in the debth chart by another athlete that started as a db the last games of last year???? Do not trash this DGD, We will regret not having Ogletree at db and not using Samuel at Lb. When you have two great athletes like them they need to be on the field at the same time. Moving him around and not redshirting him the first year was a situation of grossly misuse and misjudgement of talent and a lot of wasted time changing his positions by the coaches….Especially since he is such a YOUNG class indivivual… We need more Class people like him instead of those thugs that were in trouble so much last year.

1962 Dawg

March 27th, 2011
5:18 am

Marlon Brown needs to step up!!! Number 1 player out of the state of Tennessee when he came to UGA!!
In 2 seasons he has 10 passes thrown to him??????
Bobo can make this happen if he will!!!!!

lizard boy

March 27th, 2011
5:41 am

Anybody that thinks Green is a super star better go get a reality check. How many division championships was he a part of ?————-Hmmm———-I am a Georiga fan but not wacked out. And all this talk about winning this and doing that—-if you cannot run the ball in the SEC you are doomed. And I hate to say it—-as I have already pointed out for the last 10 years———Richt wants to throw the ball——-he is not at all interested in running the ball because he was brought into football under Bowden. Bowden is all ACC. So, what you have is Florida State ideas trying to win in the SEC and in aint gonna happen. Go chew on that for a while. It took Alabama just a few years to win it all——take a look at how they did it.

It Ain't Rocket Science

March 27th, 2011
6:35 am

Ummm Delta,
I think his blog is called, “Junkyard DAWGS”, if I am not mistaken. I think that phrase and blog title were coined form the type of defense we used to play and need to play on the defensive side of FOOTBALL. He is a typical journalist, in that he tries to write about things that will be commented on. It is how he keeps his column.

If T. King plays within his skills and is reliable and tough, he will be just fine. I would doubt he will be as skilled as Green, because when Green wanted to play, he had skills not often found in college ball. If T. King, plays his position well, he can at the very least, draw double coverage and help out the other receivers as well. When Green was double teamed, it seems to me, we found out we had a pretty solid second receiver in Chris D. It will be all about team work and not just “Me work”. If he is not always concerned about being or feel he needs to be, the savior for the team’s offense, he will contribute quite a bit I think. Team work and chemistry are the two values that will make UGA good this year. The talent is there already, so it all boils down to working as a unit.

Larry

March 27th, 2011
7:20 am

So what is so hard about replacing Green?

From his Wonderlic score of 10 we are talking about a person with a double-digit IQ. This cognitive ceiling qualifies the entire states of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee as your pool to recruit his replacement!

Just three qualifications: 4.48 speed, good hands, and dumb as a box of rocks! Now how hard is that to find in 5 collective states with that many democrats to pick from?

jemel riggins

March 27th, 2011
7:24 am

Will u please talk about the running backs

Larry

March 27th, 2011
7:33 am

Green will likely be a good NFL receiver, but a more muscular body in the mold of a Roddy White, Larry Fitzgerald or certainly Charles Johnson will hold up much, much better over a 16 game NFL season getting hammered by NFL safeties after a catch. Add the better speed, 50% higher Wonderlic score (15-10 for whatever that’s worth) and Jones is the logical pick: bigger, faster and smarter!

And I’m a Dawg–big time!

Dawgbreath

March 27th, 2011
7:37 am

I wouldn’t call Green a superstar. The kid at USC is better (Jeffrey) and he doesn’t get hurt or sell jerseys and stuff.