Although nothing is official, it's looking more like freshman linebacker Kent Turene won't be making it to Georgia after all.
Bulldog officials had been relatively quiet regarding the status of the youngster from Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., who is struggling to get approval from the NCAA Clearinghouse which would allow him to enroll at UGA.
Friday, head coach Mark Richt did not sound very positive.
"With 100 percent certainty, I don't know the answer," Richt said. "Right now I'd put it at doubtful, if that helps."
Richt said he feels bad for the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder.
"The frustrating part is he's not here now. He wants to be. He's done everything that he could possibly do to be here," Richt said. "But things don't always roll as fast as you want and you don't always get the answer you want. I'm frustrated for him, really, more than anything else."
Outside linebacker T.J. Stripling said he's still "feeling" the torn patella injury he suffered in Week 4 last year against Colorado, but said Friday it won't keep him off the field.
"It's still a little sore, but nothing I can't deal with," said Stripling, who guesses he's currently at 85 percent.
Richt believes the sophomore will continue to improve.
"We hope he goes to the 90-95 percent range by the time we get started because we're going to need him on the field," said Richt.
Stripling said he's actually ahead of schedule as doctors first told him the injury would take a year and a half to heal.
"I'm way ahead of schedule," said Stripling, who was cleared for practice last week and is working at both the Will and Sam positions.
Jones likes cohesiveness of defensive line
Although they might be small in numbers, defensive end Abry Jones feels depth at the position won't be a problem this fall.
In fact, there could be some benefits to having a smaller group.
"It's a real good sense of confidence that we all pretty much know what all of our strengths are and we know how to talk to each other, how to get each other up for a certain day," Jones said. "If somebody is having a bad day we know how to get them up and be able to have a better practice."
The addition of Johnathan Jenkins has been seamless as well and Jones is looking forward to seeing what he can do on the field.
No big adjustment for Glenn
Although he's going into his first season as Georgia's starting left tackle, senior Cordy Glenn isn't worried about any adjustment.
"I'll be ready for it this year. I don't think it will be that much of a difference moving from left tackle to left guard," Glenn said. "I've still got to protect the quarterback's blind side."
The way Glenn sees it, getting play left tackle for a full season is just another way to improve his stock come time for next year's NFL Draft.
"As a linemen there's not too much you can do," he said. "You can always get more polished, so in that regard it's a big year for me. I hope to get a lot better on my technique and use my tools the best of my ability."
This and that
Richt said junior cornerback Branden Smith was the star during Friday's competitive drills after coming away with five interceptions. "He kind of stole the show today," Richt said. "A couple of them might have bounced his way but the others he went up and got or snatched away from somebody. It was a very impressive day for Branden."
Junior outside linebacker Cornelius Washington missed Friday's practice with a hamstring issue. Freshman Ray Drew saw some snaps with the first unit in his place.
The Bulldogs return to practice Saturday morning.
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