ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia Bulldogs football team reports for camp today as they prepare for the 2014 season. The first practice starts on Friday at 3:30 p.m. ET. In preparation for the start of fall camp, I have decided to clear out some tidbits that have been floating around in my notebook. We also have some updates that were provided by defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo when they met with the press on Wednesday.
**Wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley is not quite recovered from the torn ACL he suffered last year against Tennessee. Although he has been cleared for activity without his knee brace, the speedy wideout tells me that he is only at 70 to 75 percent recovered. Scott-Wesley doesn't need to rush back too fast considering Georgia has 14 other wide receivers on the roster. He would be unavailable for the Clemson game anyway after an arrest last November for less than an ounce of marijuana and possession/use of a drug object.
**Georgia's most heralded signee of 2014 is bulking up for this season. Outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter is supposed to be the next Leonard Floyd and Jordan Jenkins all rolled into one. The only problem is he's rather skinny. He was recently measured to have six percent body fat. Standing at 6-foot-5, Carter only weighed 240 pounds when he arrived in June. Shortly thereafter he lost three pounds in Georgia's vigorous workouts. Carter has now recovered that weight and added 5 more pounds of muscle to weigh in at 245.
**Speaking of freshmen, the Georgia newcomers have been told they are not to use social media until after the season. I broke this news inadvertently when a fan on Twitter asked why there were no tweets from the freshmen. After doing some digging I found that the team's unity council approached Mark Richt after spring camp this year with the idea of banning freshmen from Twitter and Facebook. Richt agreed and most of the freshmen have been silent on social media since June 1. The unity council asked for the ban to help keep distractions to a minimum, "especially after last year" I was told. Some of the freshmen last year were known to get into arguments with opposing fans before games. Also, some of them had upwards of 70,000 tweets, prompting the question: How are they spending most of their time? Krysti Edwards, mother of freshman offensive lineman Jake Edwards, confirmed the ban to me. She pointed out that the players have enough on their plates dealing with the adjustment to college life, workouts, academics and being away from home for the first time. Mother knows best.
**We also broke the news on a position change last month. Cornerback Reggie Wilkerson, apparently mostly recovered from his torn ACL, was approached by the coaches about switching to safety. Pruitt confirmed that move on Wednesday. Bobo had previously confirmed a second position change, that of freshmen wide receiver Rico Johnson to defensive back. I reported in the early summer that cornerback Brendan Langley was switching to offense to play receiver. Add that to the fact that J.J. Green and Tramel Terry both switched from offense to defense this spring and you can see this team will look a lot different than last season's.
**Other position changes of a sort: tight ends Jay Rome and Jeb Blazevich will also practice at the H-back position. This is the spot that Quayvon Hicks worked at during the spring in addition to his tight end duties. When last I spoke to Hicks, he told me that he would be cross training at fullback and tight end. So it appears as though Bobo is going to use the H-back with some frequency, a development I think will pay dividends for Georgia. I was always told that the H-back was developed to stop Lawrence Taylor. If that is true, it could be of good use in a conference with elite pass rushers.
**Last season Jordan Jenkins missed a number of sacks by a handbreadth, quarterbacks sliding away within inches of Jenkins' clutches. They may not be able to this year as Jenkins has dropped 20 pounds according to Pruitt, down to a svelte 250 pounds. Jenkins is not alone. Most of the defensive players have shed pounds as well to comply with Pruitt's more aggressive pursuit scheme.
"I think we're headed in the right direction," Pruitt said. "We had a lot of guys who changed their body over the summer, which is a positive. We had some guys put on some weight, some guys lose weight. The big thing is their body composition, you know, as far as their percentage of body fat. We had guys do really well this summer."
Coach Tracy Rocker will have nine slimmer defensive linemen than he saw in the spring.
"You look at them and they're all moving around a lot better," Pruitt said. "Probably as a whole, I'd say each of them has lost 10-15 pounds, some a little bit more. Some of our linebackers, DBs, some of those guys have really changed their body type. They feel positive and I think they feel better. They've got a little more confidence in their ability to do some things and I think they can practice and sustain themselves better for a longer time."
**Speaking of Pruitt, he was asked on Wednesday what he thought of the players lost on defense to transfers and dismissals. His response was no-nonsense.
"To me, I don't know what went on here last year but everybody had a chance to start over," Pruitt said. "It's not losses. We've got the guys we've got and those are the guys we're going to go with. You really never had them anyhow. We're just going to coach the ones we've got. I'd like to focus on the players who are at Georgia, not the ones who are not here."
**I was updating the UGA roster on my computer by trying to find which jersey numbers the freshmen were going to wear when the official Georgia football account tweeted all of the numbers. For those wondering, here they are:
1 - Sony Michel
7 - Jacob Park
7 - Lorenzo Carter
11- Keyon Brown
14 - Malkom Parrish
16 - Isaiah McKenzie
19 - Rico Johnson
23 - Shakenneth Williams
24 - Dominick Sanders
25 - Shaq Jones
27 - Nick Chubb
31 - Shattle Fenteng
33 - Detric Dukes
53 - Lamont Gaillard
55 - Dyshon Sims
64 - Jake Edwards
65 - Kendall Baker
77 - Isaiah Wynn
83 - Jeb Blazevich
**In recruiting news, the Bulldogs have lost a top defensive back to Alabama. Four-star cornerback Rico McGraw has flipped his commitment from Georgia to the Crimson Tide according to two sources. Neither wanted to go on the record, preferring that we get final word from McGraw himself. Calls, texts and direct messages to McGraw were not returned. Georgia will still recruit McGraw heavily.