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Blog: Injury at LB; Clinic talk; Juggling the practice schedule

Georgia’s depth at linebacker appears likely to take a hit.

Redshirt freshman Brandon Burrows probably will need to undergo shoulder surgery, according to a source. Burrows’ shoulder injury was recently re-evaluated.

Georgia did not have any information to provide on Tuesday night about the injury.

Burrows was listed as third-team inside linebacker before Richard Samuel moved to tailback.

“Burrows is at the point now where we expect him to compete for playing time, hopefully also get involved in our special teams,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said Monday night when he was asked about Burrows but not about the injury.

Richt is scheduled to speak Wednesday at the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association All Sports Clinic.

That’s the same convention that brought South Carolina quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus to Greenville. Mangus was suspended Tuesday following his arrest on a nuisance charge after urinating on a downtown street.

Richt will speak on Wednesday morning about “Play Action Passing.”

Assistant coach John Lilly is scheduled to talk about “Tight Ends Technique & Drills.”

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo was also on the morning list of speakers, but that might be outdated. Bobo will meet with reporters in Athens Wednesday morning.

Georgia’s tentative preseason practice schedule is out in terms of dates, but the times will be finalized during the coaching staff’s “hideaway” meetings Thursday, Friday and Monday.

The team is scheduled to hold its first practice a week from Thursday.

“Unfortunately we have to practice during our last couple of days of final exams,” Richt said. “We’ll have something early in the morning (a walk-though) and something relatively late in the evening. Not everybody has exams every day. A guy might have one in the morning and not in the afternoon. The bottom line is we have to keep everything clear for the academic time.”

Richt said it’s just the second time in his 11 seasons at Georgia that the team will practice in the preseason during final exams to get in the 29 practice opportunities.

He wasn’t certain about whether the team will practice in the morning or afternoons on most days.

“Because of the threat of rains in the afternoon, we may just schedule the practices in the mornings before school starts,” Richt said. “After school starts, there’s still two weeks when we’ll be in the heat. The first game’s in the (Georgia) Dome so it’s really going to be three weeks of practicing in the afternoons before we play an afternoon game. We feel like we’ll be OK if we choose to go in the morning. It’s still hot in the morning. Maybe not as hot.”

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