So, you thought A.J. Green developed his amazing hand-eye coordination by simply catching footballs in the backyard of his Summerville S.C. home?
Watch out Ringling Brothers, you're latest star might be playing wideout for the Georgia Bulldogs.
During an interview with reporters following Friday's workout at the Woodruff Practice Facility, Green said he developed that hand-eye coordination by doing of all things - juggling and riding a unicycle.
"I got on the juggling team as a third grader," Green said. "Yeah, we had a juggling team in elementary school, so that helped with my hand-eye coordination."
Green says he can juggle about anything, with a limit of four different objects at a time.
"I can juggle pens, bowling pins, whatever," said Green, who said the strangest items he ever attempted to juggle were four metal rods.
In fourth grade, he started to ride a unicycle. "I tried it and caught the hang of it pretty quick," he said. "My neighbor has a unicycle now, so I'm trying to see if I've still got it a little bit."
Green says he can also do both at the same time.
"I guess that's why I've got good hands," he said. "You've got to be real coordinated to do both, but I've got it down."
O-line cohesiveness a concern?
Cohesiveness is always key to having a successful offensive line and with two key members missing, head coach Mark Richt admit that's an aspect that's somewhat of an issue.
"You'd love to have them all working together at this time. Partially because you want your line to get used to each other and for the offense in general to gain the confidence you need as a unit," Richt said. "If your offense is just run block and pass block, things are going to go pretty well for you in practice and as that happens, it gets everybody in the entire offense confident including that young quarterback."
The Bulldogs remain without starting center Ben Jones (arthroscopic surgery) and left guard Cordy Glenn.
"If you're constantly juggling that offensive line and not performing like you could and have everybody working together, they don't gain as much confidence, so it's going to be a little bit more of a mystery going into this first game than if they were practicing each of these 29 opportunities," Richt said. "If that was the case, I think everybody would have a better sense of what's going to happen."
Fortunately, Richt says both Jones and Glenn should be back at practice for Game Week against Louisiana-Lafayette, if not sooner.
"The most crucial part of the mono issue is that the spleen can get enlarged and that's dangerous should you get hit with your spleen in that state," Richt said. "When the spleen reduces the swelling you're still kind of fatigued. The spleen aspect of it we feel real good about, but he's still got to get his strength back so we're trying to condition him now indoors. When he handles that well we'll start going outdoors and when he handles that we'll start phasing him in."
Redshirt freshman Chris Burnette[/db\ has been working at center in the absence of Jones while [db]Tanner Strickland has seen most of the snaps at left guard for Glenn.
Dawgs give better effort in Friday drills
Richt said his team's effort and intensity on Friday was improved after a lackluster day Thursday afternoon.
"Today's practice was a whole lot better than yesterday's," Richt said. "Yesterday's was not very good, especially after watching the film. I thought our effort was very good today, much improved. The weather probably had a little something to do with it. Yesterday was going backwards as far as the effort you need."
Part of the problem, Richt surmised, was the team is simply tired of going against each other in practice drills.
The Bulldogs, he said, are ready to play somebody else.
"We're over half way through camp, but we still have two weeks before the first game," Richt said. "They might be getting a little tired of it, but you can't get tired of getting better. The coaches are pushing them and our seniors, our leaders, need to keep pushing them."
This and that
Linebacker Akeem Dent (toe), wide receiver Rantavious Wooten (knee), linebacker Richard Samuel (leg) and wide receiver Logan Gray remained in their green, non-contact jerseys Friday.
Georgia will return to practice on Saturday morning before taking part in the Bulldogs' annual Fans' Picture Day tomorrow afternoon at Sanford Stadium. Interim mascot "Russ" will be available for photos from 1-3 p.m., while the 2010 Bulldogs will be at the stadium from 3-5 p.m. Fans are reminded that only two items are allowed per person, and event staff will be in place to enforce the limitations prior to entering autograph lines. Starting at 8 a.m., 150 tickets each for "Russ" and Richt will be distributed from the East Campus Ticket Windows. Fans should be aware that there are two different lines for each ticket and should make plan accordingly if they want to have photos made with both.
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