April 27, 2006

WR Coach Eason has plenty to work with

The cupboard's about to have a lot less space for Georgia receivers coach John Eason. After receivers on the lower end of the depth chart gained experience during spring practice at the expense of four receivers missing either all or most of spring ball, the Bulldogs will have much more to work with at both receiver positions when preseason camp starts in August.

The increased depth will mean more options to plug in behind the starters at split end and flanker, Mohamed Massaquoi and Kenneth Harris. Though performance in spring practice will be a factor, work done during summer workouts, which begin in June, will also play a pivotal role in shaking down the pecking order.

"A lot will depend on how the summer goes for them from a mental and physical standpoint," Eason said.

A.J. Bryant, Mike Moore and Demiko Goodman are all in the boat of needing a strong summer. Bryant and Goodman missed all of spring practice with injuries and Moore reaggravated a PCL injury early in spring practice. Sean Bailey's shooting for a comeback by the start of the season, but Eason said that the coaching staff "doesn't want to rush it" right now.

While some players were injured, Mikey Henderson made the decision to move him from defensive back to receiver appear to be a stroke of brilliance, making numerous plays on deep pass routes throughout spring. He also caught a 64-yard pass from Matthew Stafford during G-Day.

But he wasn't the only lesser-known receiver that heads into the summer after helping their case for playing time. Mario Raley, T.J. Gartrell and Kris Durham appear to be in position to challenge for playing time as well.

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