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Richt praises Dogs linebackers Curran, Ellerbe

Coach also settles on trio of receivers to start season

By CARTER STRICKLAND

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 03/31/08

As each passing day goes by during spring football, the heap of praise for linebackers Rennie Curran and Dannell Ellerbe grows.

Even after the pair barely played in the scrimmage Friday night Ellerbe didn't even have grass stains on his pants and didn't look as he had broken a sweat Georgia coach Mark Richt singled them out again.

"They may not be the biggest tandem in America but they are very active and understand the game and are strong enough to take on blocks and run through them,'' Richt said. "If they see a little crease they are quick to dart in there and make a play.

"They have a knack for having the quickness and the judgment to do that,'' Richt said.

That was proven last season as Ellerbe led the team in tackles with 93. Curran was fourth with 53 tackles in just four starts.

Each had 42 tackles in the last six games of the season. Curran said the pair jokes about who'll have the most tackles this season.

The other linebacker who continues to make strides is Darryl Gamble. Gamble's versatility he can play all three positions has been an asset this spring and could make him invaluable in the fall.

Gamble saved Georgia's season last year with a fumble recovery against Vanderbilt. His recovery took away what looked to be sure points for the Commodores and enabled Georgia to drive for the game-winning field goal.

In other spring football news, Richt has, temporarily at least, settled on some starting receivers.

Mohamed Massaquoi, Kris Durham and Kenneth Harris would be the starters if the season started today. Tony Wilson was pushing that group until he suffered an injury.

Massaquoi, a senior, was a starter last season and was second on the team in receiving with 32 catches and four touchdowns.

Durham, a junior, had 11 catches and one start last season.

Harris played in all 13 games but had just four catches. Richt said Harris, a senior, has started to understand what is expected of him this spring.

"He has taken advantage of his body when it comes to catching the ball in traffic,'' Richt said of the 6-3 Harris. "He is a much more confident guy.''

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mbrizzle (4/1/2008)
mr pickle (4/1/2008)
Has Demiko Goodman not played much this spring?

I think this past week was his first week of full practice. Bobo said something about him just getting out there in practice because of something dealing with the track team.

he has been practicing before now, but when he has been he really hasn't stood out.. he missed a few due to other obligations, but guys like harris have just blew up..

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