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August 9, 2013

Terry staying cautious

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Tramel Terry said he obviously hopes to play as a true freshmen this fall.

But he's not going to take any chances.

Although the South Carolina native said the ACL he tore in his left knee has actually healed, the overall recovery process is going a little slower than he hoped.

"My left knee, it feels pretty good," Terry said. "It's actually stronger than my right one, it's just when I came back and started working real hard I started to get tendinitis in it and that slowed me down on my routes and timing up the depth of my routes. It's harder than I thought it was going to be trying to come back."

The fact he still has to wear a brace on that knee hasn't helped, either.

"That joker is slowing me down, messing up my running motion. Like today, I just tried to emphasize my arms and relax while I'm running," he said. "But that's got me worried about running, hurrying up to get out of my routes because the brace is slowing me down."

By now, Terry's tale is well known.

At Goose Creek (S.C.) High, Terry earned four-star status from Rivals after accounting for just over 1,600 total yards and 24 touchdowns as a multi-threat athlete.

But on the opening kickoff in the annual Shrine Bowl pitting the best from South Carolina and North Carolina, Terry fell to the turf, tearing the ACL in his left knee.

"I wish I had never taken part," Terry said in hindsight.

"It (his recovery) has been frustrating," he said. "I've got great abilities but it's like I'm trying to find it again. I'm starting all over. But I'm here for a reason and I'm going to keep working. Hopefully, I'll be ready at some point."

If not, he'll redshirt and come back strong in 2014.

"Either way it's a win-win for me," he said. "If I don't play, it will hurt, but if I don't, I'll sit and wait. Whatever Coach (Mark Richt) thinks is best."

Still, Terry admits not getting to play against Clemson in the opener and South Carolina the following week would sting.

"I've worked really hard because I really wanted to get back for Clemson and South Carolina, being that's my home state. But right now I'm being realistic," he said. "After I committed, there were some words said by Dabo (Clemson coach Dabo Swinney) that stuck with me, words I've used as motivation. I might not be able to accomplish that (playing in the opener), but eventually I will be ready."

Young running backs making their mark

Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall will be Georgia's top two running backs this fall.

Who will likely serve as their top backups?

Freshmen Brendan Douglas, J.J. Green and A.J. Turman are competing to sort that out right now.

As it stands, Green appears to have the edge. The former Camden County standout enrolled back in January, and from what it appears, has the early edge to be No. 3.

"I'm taking it day by day, just going to work. The really shocking part is, Brendan Douglas might get a look. He's surprised me, he's big but he still does all the stretching and is flexible for being so big," Green said. "He's got everything down to a T. He knows the footsteps, he knows blocking, all the routes. He took it better than I did when I first got here. He can be in that rotation, too."

Listed a 5-foot-11 and 202 pounds on Georgia's preseason roster, the former Aquinas star said Friday he's actually up to 220.

"It's going good so far. I'm just trying to learn the offense and see how it's run," Douglas said. "I've obviously got two guys (Gurley and Marshall) ahead of me that are pretty good and pretty good examples to see what it's like and how to run the ball. They're helping me out a whole bunch."

Turman, who suffered a right knee sprain and right ankle sprain Thursday in practice, was not available for comment per Georgia's rule of not allowing injured players to be interviewed.

Green actually received some national acclaim earlier this week.

The ESPN cameras were rolling during a 3-on-3 session when Green emerged out of a pile and ran over the top of defensive lineman John Atkins.

"I really didn't know it was on ESPN until Coach Richt walked up to me and told me," Green said. "I checked my Twitter account like three hours later and it was blowing up."

As for Douglas, he's already drawn the admiration of Richt and defensive lineman Garrison Smith.

Recently, Richt lauded Douglas, saying his pass protection skills are among the best he's seen for a true freshmen. Smith, meanwhile, called Douglas a "white Adrian Petersen" and a "workout warrior" for his exploits in the weight room.

"They've got all kinds of nicknames for me but its all fun and games," Douglas said. "G (Smith), that's my boy. He's a good guy to follow and he's helped me out a lot."

New names on injury list

Along with Turman (right knee sprain, right ankle sprain), linebacker Tim Kimbrough joined the wounded on the Bulldogs' post-practice injury report with a right knee sprain. He did not practice.

He was joined by wide receiver Michael Bennett (right hamstring strain; limited), offensive guard Chris Burnette (shoulder, limited), safety Marc Deas (elbow; out), linebacker James DeLoach (thumb; limited), linebacker Leonard Floyd (hand; limited), safety Tray Matthews (shoulder, hamstring; out), defensive lineman Chris Mayes (concussion; out), safety Corey Moore (right knee sprain; out), offensive lineman Greg Pyke (ankle; limited), tight end Jay Rome (left ankle sprain; out), wide receiver Blake Tibbs (right shoulder sprain; limited), linebacker Chase Vasser (ankle; out) and wide receiver Rantavious Wooten (hamstring strain; out).

Cornerback Shaq Wiggins (groin) did return.

Davis ready to play a bigger role

Freshman tight end Jordan Davis (6-2, 232) admits running with the second team was not exactly something he was counting on his first year with the Bulldogs.

But after Ty Flournoy-Smith left for Georgia Military and Jay Rome's recent ankle injury, the former Thomson standout is suddenly being asked to play a larger role.

"I've been getting some decent reps with the twos," Davis said. "That's what is allowing me to learn the plays a lot better and feel more confident."

The added responsibility has certainly changed his approach.

"I knew I had a bigger role to play. I took everything even more serious than I was already taking it," he said. "Right now I just have to fill these shoes, compete and be able to contribute to the team."

This and that

According to Green, he, along with Gurley, Marshall, Malcolm Mitchell, Reggie Davis, Damian Swann and Brendan Langley are getting looks at kickoff return. Green also said he does not expect to get any future looks at wide receiver. True freshman Brandon Kublanow was seen working with the second team at left guard behind Dallas Lee. Tight end Jordan Davis said he expects Flournoy-Smith to re-sign with the Bulldogs once he completes his requirements at Georgia Military College.



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