Richt pleased with young talent

ATHENS, Ga. --- There was plenty of praise for some of Georgia's young football talent this spring. Now those players are starting to make a dent on the Bulldogs' latest depth chart heading into August preseason practices.


Freshman receiver Tavarres King is listed ahead of senior Demiko Goodman and redshirt freshman Walter Hill at split end, where Kenneth Harris and Kris Durham are 1-2. Harris was named the best all-around offensive player in the spring and Durham the most improved receiver.

Freshman Richard Samuel is the third-string tailback behind Knowshon Moreno and Caleb King. Samuel, an early enrollee who was named the biggest offensive surprise of the spring, is ahead of Kalvin Daniels, a walk-on who is still listed ahead of another promising freshman, Dontavius Jackson.

"Those guys made runs that were exciting," coach Mark Richt said. "I'm not saying they passed Caleb by any stretch but you want to see potential in those guys. Even if he does something 10 times, if he does it once in spectacular fashion you know in time he can probably do it on a more consistent basis."

Freshman Ben Jones is listed behind Chris Davis at center, but Davis could move back to guard, clearing the way for Jones to start.

"We could have one freshman and four sophomores starting up front, which is still a very young team up front," Richt said.

Other depth chart changes from the pre-spring depth chart:-

- Michael Moore has moved up to second-team flanker behind Mohamed Massaquoi.

- John Knox is the backup behind safety Reshad Jones and ahead of Donavon Baldwin-

- Justin Houston has moved up to third-string defensive end behind Jeremy Lomax and Michael Lemon.

Georgia is already listing incoming freshman Blair Walsh as first-team kicker ahead of Drew Butler and walk-ons Andrew Jensen and Brian Behr.

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