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Richt: Kent Turene now 'doubtful' to make it

Head coach Mark Richt said after Friday's practice that it was "doubtful" that Turene would make it to campus this fall. The inside linebacker from Florida has been waiting for word from the NCAA Clearinghouse.

"The frustrating part is that he's not here with us now," Richt said. "He wants to be. He's done everything that he could possibly do to be here. But things don't always roll as fast as you want, you don't always get the answer as fast as you want. I'm just frustrated for him, really, more than anything."

- Some good news: Richt said the daughter of assistant coach Kirk Olividatti is now at home after spending weeks in the hospital. Kasyn, who is four years old, was diagnosed with leukemia and continues to receive chemotherapy treatment.

"She's just able to be a little girl right now," Richt said.

- Outside linebacker Cornelius Washington is out with a hamstring injury. Richt said they were hoping it was a short-term situation.

- Cornerback Branden Smith "kind of stole the show" in Friday's practice, according to Richt. The junior had about five interceptions in competitive drills, perhaps showing why the defensive coaching staff hasn't allowed the offense to take him full-time.

"We need to continue to make sure he's in great condition, because we still might figure out a way to get him the ball," Richt said.

- A day after having to leave practice early with heat exhaustion, nose guard John Jenkins had a complete day. Kwame Geathers, the sophomore competing with Jenkins, said Jenkins was working first-team right now.


- Outside lineabacker T.J. Stripling said he's "85 percent" back to health after the knee surgery that ended his freshman season. Stripling has a chance to contribute, according to Richt.

"I think you can see that he's able to get out there and go, which is great," Richt said. "But you see that he's still trying to feel his way around. ... We hope that he moves into the 90-95 range here by the time we get started, because we'd like to get him on the field."

I'll have more notes and quotes later.