June 17, 2010

Boykin shooting for the stars

When cornerback Brandon Boykin says he's got high individual goals he's not playing around.

With a straight face, in front of a selection of Bulldog beat writers, the Bulldog junior said he intends to intercept 10 passes this fall.

Considering the 5-10, 185-pounder only had three last year, Boykin admits 10 might seem like a stretch. But he's dead serious.

"I'm setting them pretty high just because I feel I could have done so much more last year. I was kind of learning as I go being that was still a newcomer to the secondary, but me personally I want to lead the secondary in interceptions and PBUs (pass breakups)," Boykin said. "I'm trying to get 10 picks. I know that's kind of high, but if I get anywhere near it I think that will be pretty good."

That's not all.

After returning a Bulldog record three kickoffs for touchdowns, Boykin intends to at least equal that mark as well.

"I want to get three or four kick returns," Boykin said. "I'm setting them pretty high, so we'll see what happens."

Part of the reason for Boykin's optimism has to do with the fact that new secondary coach Scott Lakatos is going to let Georgia's corners play more man-to-man coverage.

Boykin says that philosophy should serve the Bulldogs well.

"He (Lakatos) just really puts a lot of responsibility on you as a player. There's a lot more man-to-man on the corners, so he's basically saying my guy are better than your guys, so we'll see what happens," Boykin said. "He's putting us out there on that island, so we've got to have confidence and that's what he's trying to build in us. If we make mistakes, we've got to have that short memory."

The opportunity to go against a receiver the caliber of A.J. Green doesn't hurt, either.

With Green, Boykin said an incompletion is an accomplishment, so honing his owns skills against the likes of such a talent will only serve as a benefit.

"You've really got to be perfect because he's coming to play each and every day. We did pass skel the other day and he was trying out some new gloves but he dropped a pass and everybody was like 'Whoa!'" Boykin said. "It's a challenge. I love going against him because you're definitely going to get better. He never takes a rep off, that's why he's such a great receiver. If I can guard A.J. Green any other receiver in the nation, much less the SEC, it shouldn't be that hard."

How will Sturdivant fit in?

Josh Davis said Trinton Sturdivant appears to be right on schedule as he continues his rehabilitation from his second torn ACL.

"He's looking good, he's done everything he's supposed to do," said Davis, who returns as Georgia's starter at right tackle.

As far as how a healthy Sturdivant might fit in, Davis deferred that question to offensive line coach Stacy Searels.

"It's crossed our mind but I have no clue. That's why Coach Searels makes the big bucks to figure that out," Davis said. "I'm sure he'll get the best five players on the field."

Was Washington's time correct?

Justin Houston didn't see teammate Cornelius Washington run the 40-yard dash that resulted in a reported 4.29 seconds.

"When I heard about that time, I didn't believe it. I thought there wasn't no way," Houston said. "But I asked the coaches, and they said yeah, it was true. I knew he was fast, but man."

Washington's 40 time was the third-fastest recorded time, trailing on Vance Cuff (4.24) and Blake Sailors (4.28).

This and that

Boykin said both receivers Rantavious Wooten and Marlon Brown have gotten better with their route running, although Tavarres King is easily the most improved received. "His releases have gotten a lot better and he's doing a great job with his hands," Boykin said. … Boykin said freshman cornerback Derek Owens reminds him of Branden Smith at this stage last year and that safety Alec Ogletree is having no trouble adapting to the speed of the game. … Green and Brown are the Bulldogs' two most physical receivers. … Both offensive tackle Clint Boling (ankle) and nose guard Justin Anderson (shoulder) were expected to take part in workouts Thursday. … Demetre Baker is the only incoming freshman working at inside linebacker thus far. … According to Davis, incoming freshman Brent Benedict will not arrive in Athens until July. … Houston said he has not set any kind of personal goals regarding sacks, but added "If I need to get 15 for us to have success, I'll get 15." Houston led Georgia with 7.5 sacks in just 10 games last fall.

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