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Practice observations

ATHENS - We were only allowed to view the first six periods of practice (about a half-hour). But for what it's worth here's what stood out:

- Outside linebacker T.J. Stripling looks like nearly a full-go. He's not even in a green jersey on the first day of practice. If his surgically repaired knee is healthy, he might be a real factor for playing time.

- Freshman outside linebacker Sterling Bailey (shoulder surgery) was in a green jersey. He's expected to redshirt. So is freshman offensive tackle Xzavier Ward, who had knee surgery after last year.

- Isaiah Crowell looks to be in pretty good shape.

- At fullback, Bruce Figgins is working ahead of Zander Ogletree for now.

- Freshman Malcolm Mitchell and Jay Rome each made nice catches. But Mitchell also got yelled at by head coach Mark Richt for not finishing a play: "Don't catch and then stop!" Richt yelled after Mitchell caught a short 10-yard pass then lollygagged upfield.

- John Jenkins stands out, and not just because there aren't any other single-digit players in the defensive line group. The junior college transfer is one big dude, although so is Kwame Geathers.

NOTE: The photographers, who were allowed to stay after we left, reported that Jenkins left practice early. Daniel Shirey, working for Dawgs247.com, has a shot of trainer Ron Courson leading Jenkins off the field.

Now I'm not a doctor, and I wasn't there, but Jenkins is about 350 pounds and the heat index was probably well over 100. So if I were to guess, Jenkins got over-heated and the team was being cautious. We'll pass along any other information we get.