Things are changing all around Abry Jones on Georgia’s defensive line this spring.
DeAngelo Tyson has shifted from nose guard to right end in the 3-4 to make room for junior-college transfer John Jenkins this summer. Kwame Geathers is making a run this spring at more time at nose.
Then there’s Jones, a 6-foot-3, 309-pound junior who remains at left end, where he started six games last season. Gone is Demarcus Dobbs, who started 10 games at end last year.
"It will be pretty good bringing Jenkins in, but Kwame has been doing a great job," Jones said. "He’s getting more of a chance this year. We have more interchangeable parts, not three people that we pretty much have to focus on the whole game. That’s really going to be a big plus in the fall having people who can rotate in there at all times."
Also in the mix at end are sophomores Derrick Lott and Garrison Smith.
Jones had 34 tackles last season, including 16 against Georgia Tech.
"I had a whole bunch of other games where I didn’t really feel like I lived up to my playing ability," Jones said.
A back injury impacted Jones’ flexibility and quickness, he said.
"I’m trying to work on my pass-rushing moves a little bit better, so we don’t have like one person for a team to focus on in the passing game," Jones said.
New week, new results
Georgia’s offense liked this Tuesday practice much better than the one a week earlier when offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said his unit "got it kind of handed to us."
The offense won three of five competition periods to win the day for the first time this spring. Quarterback Aaron Murray said that tailback Caleb King "looked awesome today," including a touchdown run of about 67 yards.
The practice a week earlier left senior center Ben Jones "a little mad," prompting him to screaming at his offensive teammates.
"You go out there and lose every competition drill, that’s not acceptable," Jones said. "I wanted to make a point to the offense that we’re not going to sit out there and take a loss. We need to come out and change that."
Jones is becoming more vocal as a leader.
"We’ve got a lot of great leaders on this team, and I don’t want my senior year to go to waste," Jones said. "I’m going to do everything I can to get this program back on the right foot."
G-Day halftime to benefit injured baseball player
Three former Georgia quarterbacks will take to the field at halftime on G-Day April 16 to help raise support and awareness for the Johnathan Taylor Fund.
Eric Zeier, David Greene and D.J. Shockley will take part in a Quarterback Skills Competition. Fans can bid at georgiadogs.com to earn the chance to compete with one of the quarterbacks and win $25,000 to be split between the winning fan and the fund that benefits the Georgia baseball player who sustained a neck injury.
This and that
Justin Anderson and Chris Burnette are still rotating at first-team right guard, players say. Brent Benedict is working second team. … Tailback Washaun Ealey (hamstring) did not practice again Tuesday. … Redshirt freshman tailback Ken Malcome (groin) did not make it through practice. "I’ve been fighting through it for the past two weeks, but today I couldn’t," Malcome said. … The Bulldogs practice next on Thursday.