ATHENS - Stop us if you've heard this before: Marlon Brown continues to draw raves from teammates and coaches during practice.
The latest to bestow praise was fellow receiver Tavarres King, who was asked after Tuesday's practice which teammate had impressed him the most.
"Really, somebody that I love and somebody that gets better every camp and every spring is Marlon Brown," King said. "That guy gets so much better every time he steps on the football field. He wants to be the best, he wants to be the best at his craft. When I see him do things out there it pushes me. And vice versa. We tell each other if we're doing something wrong or something right. He's really come a long way as a receiver. I'm extremely proud of him, I've watched him grow and it's amazing."
It was then pointed out to King that we have heard this often about Brown. Great practices, great springs, great preseasons, but it hasn't quite come together in the season. What makes this time different?
"It's mentally. I just feel like he's a completely different person," King said. "He's just attacking defenses, he's not indecisive. He's very deliberate with what he's going to do. He just makes a decision and goes with it. He's such a big guy that when he makes a decision and goes with it, it's hard for him to be stopped. So I think that he's got that in his head now, that he's a big fella and he can play receiver."
Brown's stats have improved each season: Last year he had 15 catches for 234 yards and three touchdowns.
King was also asked which young guy has impressed him the most. The answer was freshman tailback Keith Marshall.
"He's smart man. I think that goes a long way, playing his position and playing in this league," King said. "If you're smart and you can pick up on the playbook and pick up on what defenses are trying to do, it enables you to be a great player. And I think he'll be a very important piece in this offense."
Marshall wasn't able to participate in Tuesday's practice. He had what the team termed a "slight" hamstring injury.
Defensive end Ray Drew also missed Tuesday's practice, as he was sick. And then practice was shortened anyway because of lightning.
More praise for teammates: Quarterback Aaron Murray was talking up safety Shawn Williams.
"If you had to name I think the best player on the defense, you've gotta bring him into that category," Murray said. "Because he's a special player right now. He's having a heck of a spring so far."
There were some notable faces at Tuesday's practice, both young and old:
Neil Callaway, the former head coach at UAB and offensive line coach at Georgia, was observing. Callaway hired current UGA O-line coach Will Friend while he was at UAB.
Incoming freshman Josh Harvey-Clemons, on spring break from Lowndes High School, took in the practice.
Former Georgia players Akeem Dent (now with the Atlanta Falcons), Darryl Gamble (San Diego Chargers), Ben Jones and Drew Butler were also watching from the sidelines.