January 11, 2007

Crawford next in line

Following the departure of three senior defensive linemen at the conclusion of the 2006 season, the Georgia Bulldogs defensive line will feature only one upperclassman (Jeff Owens) and two sophomores, and one redshirt freshman. The lone redshirt freshman is Ricardo Crawford who impressed coaches throughout fall camp before injuries cut short his freshman campaign.

Crawford a 6'1" 300-pound defensive tackle from Cerro Gordo, North Carolina injured his shoulder in the third week of fall camp missing six full days of fall practice, which put him behind Geno Atkins on the depth chart. When the season rolled around Atkins was the lone true freshman playing on the defensive line and Crawford was destine for a redshirt.

Crawford continued to work throughout the early part of the season on the scout team before a toe injury ended his freshman season. Crawford has been spending most of his time since the injury in the weight room and training facilities in Athens rehabbing his toe.

"My recovery from toe surgery is going pretty well, I am working on it everyday doing several rehab treatments a day, and I think I am going to be right by the spring," said Crawford.

In the spring, Crawford will battle Owens, Atkins, and Kade Weston for playing time as well as JUCO transfer Jarius Wynn.

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