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I hope spring practice puts a break on the people talking about Morant playing DE. Also...I hope he is actually in a position to play this season, at least on ST. Stripling needs to have a good year, not because its make it or break it, but because he is talented.

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About 20 minutes of practice was open to reporters this afternoon. Here are some observations from early in the session in shorts and helmets:

–Yes, Malcolm Mitchell is working at cornerback as expected and not at receiver. Ray Drew and Cornelius Washington were also working with the defensive line group and not with Todd Grantham and the outside linebackers.

–Georgia’s first-team offensive line lined up like this: LT Kenarious Gates, LG Kolton Houston, C David Andrews, RG Chris Burnette, RT Watts Dantzler. The second-team line: LT Mark Beard, LG Dallas Lee, C Hugh Williams, RG Hunter Long, RT Austin Long.

–Isaiah Crowell was the first tailback to go in an early drill, followed by Richard Samuel, Ken Malcome and Keith Marshall, wearing uniform No. 4.

–New Georgia strength hire John Thomas was decked out in Georgia garb, hanging out by head strength coach Joe Tereshinski at the end of the field.

–Rantavious Wooten worked first-team receiver along with Tavarres King and Marlon Brown. Wooten missed much of last season with a concussion.

–Mark Richt was watching the safeties closely early in practice in one drill. After Bacarri Rambo and Shawn Williams,Georgiahas Corey Moore, Quintavius Harrow, Connor Norman and Marc Deas. Mitchell, Damian Swann and Devin Bowman are the top corners with Sanders Commings suspended two games and Branden Smith facing a suspension of at least a game.

– Receiver Chris Conley is practicing in a green jersey after wrist surgery and will be held out of full contact. Offensive lineman Zach DeBell (ankle) and Xzavier Ward (ACL surgery) were in green but not practicing.

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Forgot about Wooten, I like the move for MM - gotta have solid Corners.. and man we are thin at S, given that aside from Moore we are talking about walkons (whether they get a scholly or not) Agree w you on Stripling, really want him chasing qbs, expect good things from him, should flourish in rush situations at OLB. good update sac, thx.

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With the lack of depth at db, I'm really worried about Special teams kick coverage this Fall. I guess it is a blessing that they are moving k/o's up to the 35 yard line. With more touchbacks, I won't have to worry about us sending 4 walk-on dbs down to cover, Maybe, we can also get a punter that can put it high like Chas Henry did at UF to eliminate most of those returns as well!

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Agree on the touchbacks, Marshall Morgan has a booming leg, I would love for the game plan to be, kick it out of the endzone every time please! Cant understand the garbage directional kicks, walsh had a cannon too, but ??????????

He did. I'm not sure what was up with that either.

I'm excited to hear some more news! Is Lee/Beard getting any looks with the first team? Is Burnette getting any looks at center?

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UGA football notebook: Teammates express confidence in Mitchell's defensive abilities.

Malcolm Mitchell’s teammates like what they’ve seen from the sophomore after two days of playing defense in spring practice.

His biggest critic so far might be Georgia’s top receiver from last season — that would be Mitchell himself.

“It’s been rough having to learn everything on the run,” Mitchell said. “Of course, I just got the material maybe two weeks before we started. It’s been fun, though.”

Mitchell, a highly rated cornerback recruit out of Valdosta, has no doubt he’ll be good to go in time for the season opener Sept. 1 against Buffalo.

“I’d say he can do it,” inside linebacker Christian Robinson said. “He’s breaking on balls quicker. Even in warmups, he’s out there barking at people saying, ‘Look at me, look at me.’ He’s not cocky. He works hard and is trying to be the best.”

Said cornerback Damian Swann: “He’s going to be tremendous. He’s going to help us a lot whenever he needs to play DB.”

The plan is for the 6-foot-1, 192-pound Mitchell to work almost exclusively at cornerback this spring at a position thinned by dismissals and suspensions.

“In order for Malcolm Mitchell to really be able to function back there, I felt like he needed really the entire spring to really know what to do and be able to get his technique to the point where he could really play SEC football when the season begins,” coach Mark Richt said. “If we tried to split practice and split meetings in spring, he would just get lost.”

Mitchell will be limited to “spot play” on offense in the first two weeks of the season, Richt said, while he helps out at cornerback.

“It may be a blessing,” Richt said. “The guy’s a player.”

The ring’s the thing

Georgia players received their Southeastern Conference Eastern Division championship rings on Wednesday.

“We got a little bling, bling, you know,” senior safety Bacarri Rambo said. “I’m going to wear mine around campus tomorrow. We know we’ve got to show them off. I’m not going to have my hands in my pocket at all. I’m going to walk with my hands by my side the whole time and let it shine in the sun.”

The rings have a big red Georgia “G” in the middle.

“These rings are nice,” receiver Chris Conley posted on his Twitter account, one of several players to tweet out photos. “But I’m ready to earn a bigger one. #miami 2012.” The BCS title game at the end of the 2012 season is in Miami.

Rambo said he figures his mother will soon have possession of his ring.

“I’m going to enjoy it while I have it,” Rambo said.

Drew adjusting to work on D-line

Ray Drew is preparing his body to handle life on the defensive line.

“Since I’m going to be playing there no matter what, I would like to put on the weight so that I can hold my own whenever I’m down there,” said Drew, a sophomore who played outside linebacker last season but has practiced as a defensive end the first two practices.

The 6-foot-5, 269-pound Drew still wouldn’t mind getting up in the 275-pound range this fall..

He expects by the time his Georgia career is over he’ll be in the 285- to 290-pound range.

Drew was a five-start recruit out of Thomasville who had eight tackles last season in limited playing time.

Asked if he’s more comfortable with his hand in the dirt, Drew said the positions are somewhat similar “just one is more wider than the other and then the occasional drop. I just like to be in a position where I can put pressure on the quarterback, stop the run and make plays. I’m a player. That’s what I like to do.”

Commings sentenced to probation, counseling

Cornerback Sanders Commings pleaded guilty Tuesday in State Court in Athens to misdemeanor charges of simple battery and disorderly conduct stemming from a January arrest.

He received 12 months probation and was fined $200 plus surcharges, according to a court clerk. His case was heard by Judge Charles Auslander. Commings had an arraignment scheduled for today. He pleaded as a first-time offender.

Commings, represented by Athens attorney Ed Tolley, also must serve 40 hours of community service, undergo substance abuse and anger management counseling.

Athens-Clarke County Solicitor General C.R. Chisholm said last week that the maximum jail time for simple battery is 12 months, but that most simple battery cases do not result in jail time.

The senior was suspended last month by Richt for two games. He started every game last season and was tied for fourth on the team with 55 tackles.

He was arrested on the morning of Jan. 21 on a charge of domestic violence/simple battery after police said Commings hit a woman in downtown Athens who had lived with him.

This and that

Linebacker Ramik Wilson from Tampa was absent for the second straight day. He is expected to return today after the death of his father last week, according to Georgia. ... Conley continues to practice in a non-contact jersey with a a cast on his left wrist. ... Sophomore Corey Moore said he’s been working strictly at safety and hasn’t gotten reps at cornerback this spring. ... Georgia will put on pads for the first time this spring today.

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