The Bulldogs received some good injury news before practice
Thursday afternoon when senior center Nick Jones returned to the practice
field. Right now, the coaches think Jones will be able to start and he alternated
with redshirt freshman Ian Smith taking snaps with the first string
"We get a chance to see Nick Jones today and it
will be interesting to see how he does," said head coach
before practice Thursday. "I do not think anything will happen today to
set him back."
If Jones MCL flares up after practice then the coaches
will start Smith Saturday and use Jones as an emergency center Saturday.
"If he is really hobbling we will not do it (start
Jones), but he says he is getting better everyday," said Richt. "I
talked to him a little while ago at character education and he says he is definitely
going today and he thinks he will be ready by Saturday, so that is good news."
Getting Stafford Ready
Georgia is making their fourth starting quarterback change
of the season when freshman
Matthew Stafford steps under center Saturday.
Stafford has passed for 582 yards, one touchdown, and four interceptions this
season in seven games.
"As a true freshman he has made a lot of progress
because most of them redshirt," said Richt of Stafford. "Most of
the guys I have ever had have redshirted and not had a chance to play. When
you play you progress there is no question about it, the more you play the better
you get at doing things and some things you have to get under your belt so to
speak and he is getting an awful lot of things that none of the those other
guys ever had the opportunity to do."
Coach Richt thinks that Stafford's playing experience
this season will help Georgia next year.
"It will be like night and day and he will be much
more ready next season than he was at the beginning of this season," said
It is unlikely another quarterback will play Saturday
and coach Richt seems reluctant to rotate quarterbacks this weekend.
"I have not thought about any plan in that regard
and I just want to get Stafford in there and let him start playing and we will
play everything by ear, but I do not think there will be any guarantee of anyone
else playing," said Richt of rotating a second quarterback in the game.
"I am not saying anyone else will not play."
If the bring any quarterbacks off the bench senior
Joe Tereshinski will get the first look.
Bryant to start Saturday
Despite a reoccurring groin injury, junior wide receiver
A.J. Bryant will start at flanker Saturday. Bryant returned to practice
Thursday after missing practice.
"We will get a taste of A.J. today, but Ron Courson
thinks he will be fine," said Richt before practice.
Kenneth Harris and junior
Mikey Henderson will backup Bryant.
Redshirt freshman Mike Moore is battling a flare
up of a previous PCL injury, but he is expected to play Saturday.
"Mike had an old PCL injury that he thinks just
flared up a little bit and it swelled a little bit after practice enough to
get an X-ray or whatever you have to do decide if there are some cartilage and
there was not," said Richt. "He really does not think it is anything
serious, but when it swells something is going on."
Ramarcus Brown out for Mississippi State
Redshirt sophomore Ramarcus Brown will not play
Saturday due to a hamstring injury. Brown has not been able to practice since
Redshirt freshman Bryan Evans is the likely candidate
to start at the wide cornerback position, but defensive coordinator
Willie Martinez is leaving the position open until Friday.
"Willie is leaving it wide open right now,"
said Richt. "Monday or Tuesday he said that he just wants to watch these
guys and try to decide and sometimes it comes down to how we test these guys
and I know at times even with the quarterback situations on who will be number
two I have looked at a test to see which guy knows what or how serious a guy
had taken it and it could in to that too."
Asher Allen and
are in the mix to start at the wide corner spot.
"Ron (Courson) seems pretty confident that Ramarcus
can go next week," said Richt.
Junior guard Chester Adams (ankle) and senior
tight end Martrez Milner (turf toe) missed practice all week, but they
are expected to play next week against Florida.
Richt hopeful for 2007 OL
Before practice Thursday coach Richt was asked if he was
worried about the 2007 offensive line.
"We have got some guys coming in and recruiting
is not over and we have a few more hopefuls out there," said Richt of
Georgia will return 10 offensive linemen, but only five
players with significant game experience.
Other Notes and Quotes
Junior kicker Andy Bailey will handle kickoffs
for Georgia this weekend and senior punter Gordon Ely-Kelso will be
the back up kickoff man.
Senior defensive end Quentin Moses was named
a semifinalist for the 37th annual Lombardi Award. Moses joins eleven other
players, as semifinalist and the winner will be announced December 6, in Houston,
The entire 2006 senior class will be captains for the
Mississippi State game, but only four players will be allowed to take part in
the coin flip prior to kickoff.
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