March 18, 2009

Searels wants to see toughness

Stacy Searels' reputation as a tough-minded offensive line coach has been well-documented during his now going on three years as a member of Mark Richt's staff.

That said, it should come as no surprise when asked what he wants to see from his charges this spring, his answer should come as no surprise.

"We're just looking at this spring to individually be the best we can get," Searels said Wednesday. "When we get everyone back then we'll figure out over the summer and through summer camp how everyone will fit in. But right now, all want to do is work on fundamentals, competing and toughness. Those are the main things we're looking for."

So far, so good:

Although Georgia won't go into full pads until Saturday, Searels likes what he's seen.

"You can't tell a whole lot in shorts, but as far as the offensive linemen are concerned, I'm happy with the way the guys have worked," he said.

That includes junior Clint Boling, who Searels said continues to work out at every position other than center.

"Clint's a smart kid, he cares and he's tough so when you've got those characteristics you're going to be successful," Searels said. "Every lineman's different and it's hard to say that any two I've had have been identical. Every one has had individual strengths and weaknesses. He's just working to get better."

Searels added that redshirt sophomore Trinton Sturdivant continues to recover on schedule.

Meanwhile, true freshman Dallas Lee continues to recover as well, but his has nothing to do with injuries.

"He's doing good," Searels said. "He's a kid who should still be in high school but he's been out here working and it's been an eye-opening experience for him."

Practice pleases Richt

Richt had nothing but praise for his team Wednesday, saying his team's second spring workout went much better than the first.

"We had an outstanding practice today," Richt said. "There were some things from (Tuesday) that we talked about in the coaches meetings and to the team and I think we corrected all of them for the most part. The defense was leading us with their effort and enthusiasm and as a whole, I though we got better today."

Before practice, former NFL head coach Tony Dungy held a joint press conference with Richt as they announced the expansion of the national fatherhood program, All Pro Dad, into collegiate football. Dungy then addressed the team for 30 minutes before the Bulldogs' second practice of the spring.

Injury update

Wide receiver Tony Wilson said that he tweaked the ankle he surgery on last year but did not consider the injury a setback.

"I just took it easy today," Wilson said. "I kind of expected it. This was the first kind of real pressure I'd put on it since Arizona State of last year."

Wilson expects to be back on the field Friday.

"Even when I was running and rehabbing it would swell up a little bit on me, but it's not a big deal," he said. "I'm just being a little cautious so I can make I'm healthy come summer and be ready for camp."

This and that

Tight ends coach John Lilly said that tight end Bryce Ros is getting his first "real chance" to show what he can do at tight end. "You're going to learn by doing and he's going to get his chance these 15 practices to show what he can do," Lilly said. "His feedback and answers to questions in the meeting room are starting to show but now we need to see if he can take it to the field." …. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger said he gave himself a big confidence boost Wednesday when he completed a 70-yard pass to wide out A.J. Green.



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