February 25, 2009

Position set for Vance?

Although the situation could always change, Georgia offensive lineman Vince Vance said Wednesday it looks like he'll be playing right tackle when preseason drills begin in August.

"Right now I'm playing right tackle but it's still going to be up to the coaches to see how it falls," Vance said Wednesday during an interview at the Butts-Mehre Building.

Last year, Vance opened the season at left guard for the Bulldogs before moving to left tackle where he played for two games before tearing his ACL against Tennessee.

Although he won't be ready to take part in spring practice that kicks off March 17, Vance said he'll be ready to go once preseason drills begin.

"My rehab started of real fast. I got my strength back real fast and I got my flexibility back real fast," Vance said. "But now it's kind of slowing down because I'm out there trying to do squats and I have to make sure I have that stability in my knee in order to drop that low to squat. As far as running, I still can't run on the ground yet but under water I can run without my brace."

Could Mike be in store for Curran?

Starting Will linebacker Rennie Curran said he would have no problem sliding over to Mike linebacker if coaches felt that was what he needed to do.

Darryl Gamble is still listed as the starter at Mike heading into spring practice, with Marcus Washington scheduled to pick back up at the spot once he's cleared for practice in the fall.

However, when asked if he could slide over and play in a pinch, Curran said it would be no problem

"I don't see why not," Curran said. "I played Mike in high school and I know the position pretty well. It's relative to what I do and I feel I could easily fit in there.

"But it all depends on where coaches need me. If they need me there they know I'll play my heart out. It doesn't matter if it's Will or Mike."

Cox believes Gray will get his chances

Quarterback Joe Cox said Wednesday that it would not shock him at all to see offensive coordinator design some special plays for backup Logan Gray to take advantage of his overall athletic skill.

"Absolutely. Anytime you've got a guy who can return punts and play quarterback you've got some athleticism which is something I don't have," Cox joked. "I could see him doing that. We had some packages in for him last year but were never able to run it. But definitely, with his ability to be a change-of-pace guy, it would not surprise me at all."

This and that

Redshirt freshman Makiri Pugh said that coaches will look at him at three different positions this spring - nickel, cornerback and free safety. Pugh, who was bothered most of the year with a high-ankle sprain, has his weight up to 197 pounds. … Speaking of weight, wide receiverA.J Green said he's gotten his weight up to 207 pounds without losing any speed. … QuarterbackJoe Cox was getting ready to answer a question regarding his biggest strengths and weaknesses when wide receiver Mike Moore walked by. "His red hair," Moore said, as Cox rolled his eyes. .. Former Bulldog and current Carolina Panther Thomas Davis was in town, Wednesday showing off Georgia's training facility to his new bride. ... Wide receiver Tavarres King said his ankle is absolutely 100 percent and is looking forward to try and fill the role left by the graduation of Mohamed Massaquoi.

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