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Johnson displeased with fumbles in Georgia Tech's spring scrimmage

ATLANTA - Paul Johnson said soggy conditions at Bobby Dodd Stadium were no excuse for the fumbles that marred Georgia Tech's spring practice workout Saturday.

Most of the two-hour morning practice was a scrimmage which included some highlights by Georgia Tech's defense, but Johnson, the first-year coach, didn't like seeing so many fumbles.

'It's frustrating to see so many fumbles,' Johnson said, 'but what's more frustrating is that we didn't hustle to the ball after it was on the ground.

'We're going to have to do a much, much better job holding onto the ball. You're not going to win many football games putting the ball on the ground like that. The defense did a good job causing a couple of those, but mostly it was poor fundamentals and execution.'

A highlight for the offense came when senior quarterback Calvin Booker completed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Greg Smith.

Quarterback Josh Nesbitt missed the workout with a groin injury. Bryce Dykes and Jim Henry shared the snaps with Booker.

Larry Munson has surgery for blood clots on his brain

ATHENS - Family members disclosed Saturday that longtime Georgia radio announcer Larry Munson had successful surgery Friday to remove blood clots on his brain.

Munson's recovery period is not known, but family members said he is expected to make a full recovery following the procedure to correct the subdural hematoma.

'I was really pleased to hear that Larry's surgery went well on Friday,' said Georgia athletic director Damon Evans. 'All of us in the Bulldog Nation wish him a full and speedy recovery.'

Munson, 85, was admitted to St. Mary's Hospital in Athens on Thursday. Tests revealed the blood clots.

Due to health problems, Munson worked only home games and the game at Georgia Tech during the 2007 season, his 42nd calling Georgia games.

WSB's Neil Williamson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he saw Munson after Georgia's G-Day spring football game on Saturday and said Munson was pleased to hear about the strong play of running back Caleb King.

'He smiled real big when he saw that,' said Williamson, who said Munson is expected to remain the primary play-by-play announcer in the 2008 season.

Munson's family provided the following address for anyone wishing to send cards or letters: Larry Munson, c/o UGA Athletic Association, P.O. Box 1472, Athens, GA 30603.