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Blog: UGA spring football primer: Position changes, O-line updates and video

Are you ready for some Georgia spring football?

It won’t get going for nearly two weeks, but here’s a quick rundown after talking to head coach Mark Richt, defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo and some players on Tuesday afternoon.

–First, some players on the move.

Tailback J.J. Green has moved to cornerback. Bobo said that coaches looked at using Green in the slot, but he’s heading to the secondary at least for the spring.

Fullback Quayvon Hicks will play primarily tight end this spring, Bobo said, and the plan is to groom him for an H-back type role.

Pruitt said that outside linebackers James DeLoach and Josh Dawson are moving to defensive end at their request (although Dawson was already listed at d-end).

–The offensive line is shaping up this way entering preseason camp.

John Theus is getting the first crack at offensive left tackle with Kolton Houston at right tackle and David Andrews still at center, Bobo said.

“I think Theus will have a good chance of being able to do that, but that’s why you practice and see what’s the best combination,” Richt said.

Mark Beard will work at left guard, Bobo said.

Andrews said that he expected Watts Dantzler, Brandon Kublanow and Greg Pyke.

“We’ll have four people competing for two spots,” Andrews said.

–Tailback Todd Gurley, after battling ankle and hip injuries last season, hasn‚Äôt been full-go during offseason conditioning drills. Gurley said what‚Äôs bothering him more are his legs, but he seemed fine just walking around the interview area.

“I don’t know what to expect from Todd this spring,” Richt said.
Richt made it seem like Gurley would be limited, but offensive coordinator Mike Bobo didn’t sound so sure. He wants Gurley to lead the way and he wants him to practice.

–Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell (ACL) may be able to run routes this spring, but isn‚Äôt expected to take part in contact, Richt said. Tight end Jay Rome (foot) will be out for sure at the start of spring practices. Tailback Keith Marshall and wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley (ACL) are both still out this spring.

–Pruitt wants a leaner, meaner fighting machine.

Well, he just said he wants some of his big defensive lineman to trim down some.

Defensive end Ray Drew said he’s already down from 287 to 282.

–Clemson may have announced four players are suspended for the Georgia opener, but Richt
isn’t ready to announce anything. He wouldn’t say that Justin Scott-Wesley, coming off a torn ACL, is out for Clemson game after his marijuana arrest last season.

–Defensive tackle DeAndre Johnson is being medically disqualified after dealing with back issues, Richt confirmed.

–Much more in the lead-up to spring practice.

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