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There was plenty of praise for some of Georgia's young football talent this spring. Now those players are starting to make a dent on the Bulldogs' latest depth chart heading into August preseason practices.

Freshman receiver Tavarres King is listed ahead of senior Demiko Goodman and redshirt freshman Walter Hill at split end, where Kenneth Harris and Kris Durham are 1-2.

Harris was named the best all-around offensive player in the spring and Durham the most improved receiver.

Freshman Richard Samuel is the third string tailback behind Knowshon Moreno and Caleb King. Samuel, an early enrollee who was named the biggest offensive surprise of the spring, is ahead of Kalvin Daniels, a walk-on who is still listed ahead of another promising freshman, Dontavius Jackson.

"Those guys made runs that were exciting," Coach Mark Richt said. "I'm not saying they passed Caleb by any stretch but you want to see potential in those guys. Even if he does something 10 times, if he does it once in spectacular fashion you know in time he can probably do it on a more consistent basis."

Freshman Ben Jones is listed behind Chris Davis at center, but Davis could move back to guard, clearing the way for Jones to start.

"We could have one freshman and four sophomores starting up front, which is still a very young team up front," Richt said.

Other depth chart changes from the pre-spring depth chart:

Michael Moore has moved up to second-team flanker behind Mohamed Massaquoi.

John Knox is the backup behind safety Reshad Jones and ahead of Donavon Baldwin.

Justin Houston has moved up to third string defensive end behind Jeremy Lomax and Michael Lemon.

Georgia is already listing incoming freshman Blair Walsh as first-team kicker ahead of Drew Butler and walk-ons Andrew Jensen and Brian Behr.

"You don't normally like to give a scholarship to a kicker unless you think he's going to be your guy," Richt said. "As we know the last time we scholarshiped a kicker was Andy Bailey and (Brandon) Coutu beat him out as a walk-on."

Moreno, King won't be 'battering rams'

Don't look for too many two-tailback sets for Georgia in the aftermath of the Bulldogs losing starting fullback Brannan Southerland for the start of the season following foot surgery.

Richt isn't overly enthusiastic about putting Moreno and King in the backfield together at the same time.

"That's exciting to think about but the reality is only one can carry it and the other one's got to block," Richt said. "I'm not interested in Caleb King or Knowshon Moreno being battering rams over and over as a blocker. I'll hand the ball to those guys, but I'm not that interested in making them a fullback."

Georgia uses the fullback as a blocker in the I-formation, to run routes out of the backfield and as a ball carrier on short yardage and near the goal line.

"We'd hate to play without him, but we have the ability to go with a lot of one-back sets," Richt said.

Offensive leaders emerging in summer workouts

Georgia players are working out this month under the guidance of the strength and conditioning staff. Coaches aren't permitted to attend the summer sessions

"It's a perfect time for our leaders to do that very thing - to lead," Richt said.

Richt listed defensive tackle Jeff Owens, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and safety C.J. Byrd as defensive leaders and quarterback Matthew Stafford, Southerland and tight end Tripp Chandler and Massaquoi as offensive leaders.

"I don't think there's one guy on our team right now that's not on campus, going to school and trying to get better and trying to prepare for this opportunity," Richt said. "We know what a wonderful opportunity we have right now."

This and that

The Jefferson Recreation Department will host the Randy McMichael Football camp Saturday June 28th from 9 a.m. to noon. McMichael, a former Georgia tight end who plays for the St. Louis Rams, will be joined by current and former NFL and college players who will serve as camp instructors. The cost is $60 per player. More information is available by calling 706-367-5116 or at www.jeffersonrec.com. ... Former Georgia quarterback Blake Barnes, who transferred to Delta State, was named national Division II newcomer of the year by Lindy's magazine. Barnes completed 6 of 13 passes for 25 yards in Delta State's spring game.

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