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Blog: Richt on Crowell’s health, safety starters, etc.


Some items from Georgia coach Mark Richt’s post-practice news conference tonight:

–The team worked in Sanford Stadium today. It was scheduled as a special teams practice, but the team got in some 11-on-11 work as well to make up for some missed work earlier in preseason.

Tailback Isaiah Crowell, who had not practiced this week because of a sore groin, actually got in some snaps in the 11-on-11.

“He didn’t look full speed, but he was healthy enough to get out there in a green jersey and get a few reps,” Richt said.

–Shawn Williams and Sanders Commings worked with the first team at safety during Wednesday‚Äôs scrimmage. Does that leave returning starter Bacarri Rambo fighting for a spot with the No. 1 unit?

“They’re all fighting for the starting job right now,” Richt said.

Richt said that Commings, who played corner last season, is far enough along at safety to be used against Boise State there.

“I think he’s ready right now to play safety,” Richt said.

–Starting right guard Chris Burnette (stomach illness) returned to practice.

“Coach (Will) Friend gave him about half of the work just so he wouldn’t have a setback,” Richt said.

–Branden Smith is still working as the No. 1 punt returner. Brandon Boykin is No. 2 and freshmen Malcolm Mitchell and Damian Swann are battling for No. 3.

“The freshmen are very talented, but as always they’ve not done it before,” Richt said. “Boykin and Smith have both handled the ball in big-time games.”

–Richt was asked if kick return was a single returner or double safeties.

“That’s classified information,” Richt said. “I don’t want to give away anything that could help the other team.”

–Scout team work will begin probably on Saturday, Richt said. There is a Boise State ‚Äúpractice game‚Äù on Wednesday.

–On freshmen that might play, Richt said the coaching staff is getting closer to decisions.

“There’s some guys we’re pretty sure, there’s some guys we’re not sure and there’s a few guys that we think probably won’t,” Richt said. “I’m not sure I’m ready to give that out because that usually causes players and moms and dads and stuff to maybe be happy or sad. I’m not ready for that today. I’m too tired.”

–Richt‚Äôs opinion on the ‚ÄúDream Team‚Äù class hasn‚Äôt changed: ‚ÄúI‚Äôll say it and I really believe it. We did really good. ‚ĶI think we did great.‚Äù

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