Some have wondered whether or not Georgia coaches would consider redshirting Richard Samuel this fall, thus giving the junior an extra year to adjust to inside linebacker in the Bulldogs' 3-4 scheme.
Tuesday, that very question was posed to head coach Mark Richt.
"He's new to the position and we want him to be ready to compete for us, not so much compete for a job but to play championship defense," Richt said. "If we think he's ready to do that and produce at a high level, we want him to play. But if he's still finding this way, I don't think we will be in a big rush to get him out there. The big thing is, just practice hard and learn what you can. We have these thoughts but by the second scrimmage in the fall, two or three guys are down and you're playing whether you like it or not, so you don't like to make those predictions quite yet."
Richt did say Samuel got off to a good start in Saturday's scrimmage at Sanford Stadium.
The former running back is competing for time at Mike and Mo, along with Darryl Gamble, Akeem Dent, Christian Robinson, Marcus Dowtin, Mike Gilliard and Akeem Hebron, among others.
"He's getting it. I can visualize a play where he took on a fullback on an isolation block, played off the block and make a tackle right there in the hole. He looked like a linebacker," Richt said. "He hasn't played a lot of defense lately, and really not a lot of football when you consider that most of these guys have been playing since they were 5 or 6 years old. We had little 3-on-3 plays too, and he had back-to-back plays where he made the hit. He's coming along."
Richt spending more time with QBs
Richt is taking no chances when it comes to making sure the right decision is made when the Bulldogs' starting quarterback is ultimately named.
To do that, not only is Richt attending all of the offensive team meetings, but he's sitting in on each and every quarterback session, both on the field and in the position meeting room as well.
"I just want to do that period here on in just because I miss it, and because this spring in particular we're trying to make a decision on a starter and I want to make sure I understand completely," Richt said. "Of course I know the offense, I know the system, but day to day things change. You might have a certain read, or progression, or side adjustment on a blitz or whatever it is, then if the defense is doing something a little bit different I want to see how they're going to adjust and what those adjustments are on a daily basis."
Richt said his role his mainly as an observer, and is not in the meeting room making suggestions to offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.
"I want to see them react to coaching. I want to see them react to the questions that Mike is asking," Richt said. "I just want to get a taste to see how they are handling the pressure."
Harmon will be missed
A.J. Harmon's high ankle sprain is causing some reshuffling at left tackle between starter Clint Boling.
The former Jefferson High star had been receiving a lot of extra looks at the position before suffering the injury during Saturday's scrimmage at Sanford Stadium.
When the Bulldogs returned to the practice Tuesday, four different players were trying to fill the void.
"I lost track (of who they were), but it is giving other guys more opportunity," Richt said. "We've been getting guys in and out of there, but that's part of spring ball. The first or second spring I was here I think we started the year with six scholarship players - period - on the offensive line, or maybe that's how many who were healthy. We're in a lot better shape than we were back then, but guys are getting chances to show that they're ready to play, or not ready to play as the case may be."
This and that
Marlon Brown still wore the green, non-contact jersey Tuesday after Richt suggested last week that he hoped the sophomore would be sufficiently recovered from his shoulder bruise. Brown said after practice he still hopes to return soon.
Linebacker Chase Vasser, fullback Charles White, fullback Fred Munzenmaier and running back Dontavius Jackson also remained in green. Injuries to all four players are considered minor
Left tackle Trinton Sturdivant (ACL) continued his rehab at the practice field Tuesday, doing drills with team trainers on the side.
During 11-on-11 drills, Kwame Geathers working with the first team at nose. Derrick Lott also got some reps at nose.
Orson Charles received all the reps with the ones.
Jakar Hamilton and Bacarri Rambo worked at first-team safety Tuesday, with Nick Williams and Quintin Banks getting looks with the second-team.
Redshirt freshman Dallas Lee got some looks at first team right guard.
Georgia returns to the practice field Thursday before its second scrimmage of the spring Saturday morning at Sanford Stadium.
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