April 14, 2006

Building depth on defensive line

When the 2005 season wrapped up, the Dawgs knew they'd have to rebuild their defensive line with three starters graduating. In the process of shuffling senior Ray Gant and sophomore Jeff Owens into full-time starting roles at defensive tackle during spring practice, Georgia has also found that it may have a one-two punch at defensive end in Quentin Moses and the surging Charles Johnson.

Johnson, who's lost about 15 pounds to get his weight around 270, capped off spring practice with 2 sacks, five tackles and two tackles for a loss during G-Day. Johnson's strong spring is good news for the Bulldogs, who are going to be counting on him to fill the void left by Will Thompson's graduation.

"Charles really has done a great job. Especially in the scrimmages, he gets a little more excited for the scrimmages and really has done well," said Georgia head coach Mark Richt. "He got in great condition. He is in the best shape since he has been here, and maybe the best shape of his life. In mat drills he was really tremendous, he was one of our top performers, and then it carried right over into the spring."

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