Head coach Mark Richt issued a challenge to members of the Bulldogs' defensive line, urging them to use the upcoming off-season as a startup to a successful 2011.
"We need Abry (Jones), we need (Derek) Lott, DeAngelo (Tyson), we need Garrison (Smith), we need (Mike) Thornton, all those interior defensive linemen - Kwame (Geathers), Bean (Justin Anderson), whoever winds up playing that position. We need those guys to get bigger, stronger and more physical up front in order to have more success on defense. I'm expecting a lot from all those guys."
If there was a criticism of the Bulldogs' front line it was that they were not physical or strong enough to deal with some of the conference's better offensive lines.
Richt said he's especially looking for big contributions from Lott, who at 295 pounds has the potential to be the type of nose to anchor the 3-4 that the Bulldogs so desperately need.
"Lott needs to help us. He's a big, strong guy who has grown up some. He's been on the scout team and I think he's going to help us, and I hope he's really turned the corner from a maturity standpoint," Richt said. "But again, that's not true just for him, it's crucial for all those interior guys."
Richt's counting on some changes being implemented by new strength and conditioning head Joe Tereshinski to help toward that end.
But Richt admits, getting used to Tereshinski's "old school" style may take some getting used to by some.
"I think it will be very uncomfortable in the beginning, but I think once they start to see the results, they're going to get excited. But I think at first, they're going to really wonder for a little while if this is all that much fun," Richt said. "But once they see the improvement and are able to keep up with the pace I think he's going set, I think they will really be excited."
LeMay getting an early look
Christian LeMay has been a regular at practice for Georgia while the Bulldogs have been preparing for their Dec. 31 date with UCF in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
But apparently, he's been doing more than watching.
On Tuesday, Richt said that the quarterback from Butler High near Charlotte, N.C. has been working out with the team as an early enrollee.
"He was out there," Richt said. "Maybe three or four days."
According to Richt, early enrollees are allowed to practice on campus, but can no longer practice with the team once they arrive at their respective bowl sites.
No comment on King
Richt declined comment when asked about the status of running back Caleb King, who UGASports reported appears to be ineligible for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl for apparent academic reasons.
"We won't know the final report until tomorrow (Wednesday)," Richt said. "We're not going to make any comment and I'm going to be on vacation. Maybe at the bowl site you can ask me that."
Sunday, UGASports was told that King, along with a current backup, was not going to be able to play in the Dec. 31 game due to academic reasons.
This and that
Richt said he expects defensive end Demarcus Dobbs (elbow) to play against UCF. Fellow defensive end Brandon Wood (shoulder) will not play in his final game.
Wide receiver Rantavious Wooten has missed the last two days of practice with an ankle injury but is expected to play in the bowl.
Richt said he expects Anderson (turf toe) to be ready for spring but said that outside linebacker T.J. Stripling (patellar tendon) will likely not be ready until preseason.
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