CHARLOTTE - It's a pristine day here in the queen city, and the Georgia football team is holding its second on-site bowl practice. It's the first one this media member has attended, so here are some quick observations:
- Freshman Isaiah McKenzie, the top kick and punt returner, was not with the team during the media viewing period on Friday. We will check with head coach Mark Richt afterwards on McKenzie's status.
- Will Friend is indeed here, and coaching the offensive line, despite being named Colorado State's offensive coordinator on Wednesday. Mike Bobo, now CSU's head coach, was the only Georgia assistant coach not in attendance. Ronnie Letson, the team's director of player personnel the past year, is here as well, after he considered taking a job on Bobo's staff. Letson acted coy when I was with the team permanently, but indications are he is for now.
- Regarding the offensive line, it was a weird sight: Not only was Friend leading the unit, but Joe Tereshinski was also with them during the media viewing period. Tereshinski, like Friend, is leaving the program after the bowl.
- So who's coaching the quarterbacks with Bobo gone? Jon Richt, a quality control offensive assistant, and Doug Saylor, another quality control staffer, were with the quarterbacks. And Mark Richt was hanging around as well.
During the media viewing period, the quarterbacks and tight ends were working together, so John Lilly - the play-caller for the bowl - was with both of them.
- Todd Gurley is with the team, as Mark Richt said last week he would be. Gurley was in the training room, receiving treatment from UGA's athletic training staff.
- Tailback A.J. Turman, who sat out all season with a toe problem, is practicing. But it's only in limited capacity.
More notes after practice.