Georgia will practice this morning for the fifth time this preseason -- putting the Bulldogs midway through a stretch of 10 consecutive days where they will work out before their first day off.
There has already been a considerable amount of news in the first four days of practice, and we’ve already touched on a lot of it here at DawgNation. To start the new week off right, let’s recap what has happened so far.
In an extremely candid interview session, recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner clarified Georgia’s having notifying Penn State of 19 players it might be interested in by saying the coaches actively recruited only three or four of those players. Running backs coach Bryan McClendon also addressed the tranquility among players at his position compared to a turbulent 2011 season.
At the end of his post-practice press session, Mark Richt announced that senior cornerback Branden Smith -- who was arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession in March -- will not be suspended to start the season. Smith later announced that he passed two drug tests and that his case has been settled. Also, we looked at who might contribute at the open outside linebacker position early in the season.
After Thursday’s news that Kolton Houston remains ineligible, we turned our attention on Friday to two possible replacements: Watts Dantzler and highly touted freshman John Theus. Richt also addressed freshman Josh Harvey-Clemons opening camp at safety for the first time.
The Bulldogs opened preseason practice with two big pieces of off-the-field news: that offensive lineman Houston remains ineligible indefinitely and that Chase Vasser is suspended for the first two games after an offseason arrest.