Green debuts at Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. --- The first Georgia practice for A.J. Green came at rapid-fire pace Monday.


The Summerville, S.C., product dropped one pass. Then he dropped another in a drill where he ran short routes and turned to try and catch a ball already in the air.

Teammate Israel Troupe patted Green on the head after he caught the next ball.

Later, Green showed why he was among the top receiver recruits in the nation when he jumped and reached across his body to catch a pass thrown behind him.

"It was fun," said Green, who is wearing No. 8. "Coaches getting on you. You think you know everything then the coaches get on you. It was ... fun to learn some new things and get everything down."

Georgia will have 25 more practices before it opens the season Aug. 30 against Georgia Southern, but Green could be limited today. The 6-foot-4, 202-pounder sat out the end of practice because he said he re-aggravated a groin injury.

"I thought he was a little nervous today and had a little nervous energy," offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. "You could tell he's smooth and he's got strong hands. It's early. First day. A little bit of freshman nerve, I think."

GEORGIA TECH: The Yellow Jackets entered their schedule of two-a-day practices Monday.

Sophomore quarterback Josh Nesbitt had two long runs and connected with receiver Demaryius Thomas on two long passes to highlight Georgia Tech's first of two practices Monday.

"At times we were terrible and at times we were impressive," coach Paul Johnson said.

Each session lasted less than two hours.

Georgia Tech has one practice scheduled for today before another day of two practices Wednesday. It opens the season at home Aug. 28 against Jacksonville State.

ARKANSAS: Ex-Atlanta Falcons coach Bobby Petrino said his team has a long way to go before it will be in shape to play a game.

That was Petrino's observation after the Razorbacks' first pre-season workout, a two-hour session in shorts and helmets.

Petrino said the players didn't handle the heat as well as he had hoped. Temperatures in Fayetteville on Monday were in the high 90s, with the temperature on the turf close to 100 degrees.

KENTUCKY: Cornerback Paul Warford has been ruled ineligible for the 2008 season, though the junior could return to the team in 2009. Kentucky opens training camp today.

OBITUARY: Longtime Notre Dame assistant coach Joe Yonto , who worked under Ara Parseghian , Dan Devine and Lou Holtz , died Monday. He was 83. A university spokesman had no details on the cause.



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