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Spring practice starts for Verdun Wheeler

Danny Verdun Wheeler is back on the practice field.

The former football standout for Thomson High recently got back in the swing of things at the University of Georgia's spring practice.

UGA holds spring practice for about a month, culminating with the annual G-Day scrimmage on Saturday, April 17, at Sanford Stadium.

Verdun Wheeler said practice is usually three to four days each week with weekday practice from 2:30-6:30 p.m. and weekend practices from 8 a.m. to noon. He also said spring practice has been back to the basics for the Bulldogs.

"Right now we're really doing a lot of fundamental work and a lot of drill work," he said. "It's just learning plays. Everybody's learning new positions and more positions."

Verdun Wheeler said that the team is coming along well and that they were slowly getting used to being back on the field.

"Everybody's coming along slow, but I think we're back into it by now at least," Verdun Wheeler said. "We went to full pads on Friday. That was our first full pads practice."

School is also going well for Verdun Wheeler. He said that he has a couple of weeks of classes left, and he plans on being back in Thomson for the month of May. After that, he will be returning to Athens for summer classes. All the while he will be in the gym staying in shape for football season.

The next official phase of practice for Verdun Wheeler will start at the beginning of August. He said summer camp practice will take place in the morning and in the afternoon, commonly referred to as two-a-days.

The first game for UGA will be against Georgia Southern on Sept. 4 in Athens. Two former Thomson stars may face off in that game. Deon Palmer, quarterback for THS during the 2002 state championship run, is slated to see playing time on special teams and to compete for the quarterback position at GSU this fall.



Web posted on Thursday, April 8, 2004


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