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Saturday, March 2, 2013
UGA week in review: Spring has sprung

By David Ching

ATHENS, Ga. -- Tight end Ty Flournoy-Smith and fullback Zander Ogletree created some of the only headlines in an otherwise quiet week for Georgia’s football program.

UGA announced this week that Ogletree will remain on scholarship, but will no longer play football because of a medical issue. Flournoy-Smith was arrested last Friday night and charged with filing a false police report that stated his school-issued textbooks were stolen when he allegedly sold them himself.

Otherwise, the football team completed its winter conditioning this week in preparation for today’s first spring practice. The Bulldogs have scheduled 15 practices between now and April 6, when they will play the G-Day game at Sanford Stadium.

We previewed spring drills earlier this week, also focusing on five positions to watch and five players who have opportunities to seize some playing time this fall by proving themselves as reliable performers over the next month.

* From the recruiting trail …

It might have been a relatively quiet week for the players already on campus, but there has been a ton of activity lately on the recruiting front, with Georgia handing out several scholarship offers -- many of whom are in-state players. As of Thursday night, the Bulldogs had made 27 offers to in-state players for the 2014 class, including 21 of the 25 Georgians on ESPN’s 2014 Watch List.

Not included in that group is native Georgian Kentavius Street (Greenville, N.C./J.H. Rose), an ESPN Watch List defensive end who now lives in North Carolina. He told DawgNation’s Kipp Adams this week that Georgia is now his leader over Florida State after Seminoles assistant Billy Napier accepted a job at Alabama.

Defensive tackle Kendall Baker received an offer on Thursday, a day after saying Georgia was in his top five.

Also among Georgia’s recent offers: athlete Drake Harris, cornerback Malkom Parrish, linebacker Shuan Dion Hamilton, defensive end Trent Harris, defensive end Deondre Clark, offensive tackles Corey Martinez, Jordan Sims and  Nolan Kelleher. Linebacker Dwight Williams and cornerback Kalavraz Bessent picked up offers also.

Linebacker Korie Rogers has Georgia tied on top with Clemson.

* In non-football news …

Georgia’s basketball team (13-15, 7-8 SEC) will also be in action Saturday, hosting Tennessee (17-10, 9-6) at 1:45 p.m. The Bulldogs dropped a 63-62 heartbreaker at Vanderbilt on Wednesday after leading by as many as 17 points. The Bulldogs have lost four of the last five games, none of which came by more than 10 points.

The Bulldogs’ baseball team is also in action this weekend, hosting UAB for a three-game series at Foley Field. David Perno’s club dropped a 10-7 decision at Georgia State on Tuesday to lose its third game in a row and fall to 2-6 this season.