September 25, 2013

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Mark Richt and his 9th-ranked Bulldogs did something Wednesday they rarely ever do - go full pads for the third day in a row.

Typically, the team will go shorts and helmets on Monday, full pads on Tuesday before backing down to helmets and shoulder pads on Wednesday.

"I don't know how unusual it was. It was just mainly to keep the right kind of tempo, the right kind of mental edge and carrying your pads is not a bad thing to do," Richt said after practice. "The goal wasn't to splatter everybody and get everybody hurt, but to keep a good frame of mind during practice."

Richt brushed off a question when asked if there was a risk to doing so.

"We came through it well is the best thing I can tell you," said Richt, who added his players have responded well.

"I think there's a sense of urgency, I think there's a sense of excitement. I think the guys have really strong focus," he said. "Some days you've really got to get their attention better than others but this week we really haven't had to do that, so far which is good. Hopefully we finish up well tomorrow."

Davis stays humble

Freshman wideout Reggie Davis was asked what he was going to do for an encore after his record-breaking performance last Saturday in the Bulldogs' 45-21 win over North Texas.

He wasn't quite sure what the reporter meant.

"What do you mean?" said Davis. "I don't know. I just try to work hard, and if it comes again it comes. I just try to focus on one week at a time."

Davis certainly opened some eyes against the Mean Green.

After dropping a pass in Week 2 against South Carolina, the former Tallahassee-Lincoln standout caught two passes for 134 yards, including a school-record 98-yarder that ironically enough was the 100th touchdown pass of Aaron Murray's career.

"I got home I had a lot of text message, Tweets and stuff," Davis said. "My phone was blowing up."

Davis received even more adulation on Monday when the SEC honored him as the conference Freshman of the Week.

"It's an honor. I wasn't expecting to get it," Davis said. "I'm speechless about it, but it's in the past and we've got to get ready for LSU."

Davis - who will run track for Georgia - come by his talent quite naturally.

Both his parents ran track for Florida A&M.

In fact, his father also ran for Team NIKE and was once thought to have a shot at the Olympics in the 400 hurdles until Davis said a torn hip-flexor ruined his opportunity.

"Dad always said to run track because that was going to help me with football," he said. "It did. I started seeing results my freshman year, so I stuck with it and pushed myself the best I could."

Theus, Frix still battling it out

Richt said that Nathan Theus[/d]b and [db]Trent continue to compete to see who will be the starting long-snapper against LSU.

"They're splitting reps right now and Coach (John) Lilly will make the decision as we get closer to the game," said Richt, who indicated in his post-game press conference after the victory over North Texas that Frix had taken over the job.

Not so fast.

"I probably didn't articulate that very well," Richt said. "In the middle of the game we made a change but right now we're competing."

Injury update

Tight end Jay Rome's sprained left ankle once again limited him in practice Wednesday.

The sophomore was one of nine Bulldogs on the post-practice injury report, which included Malcolm Mitchell (ACL) and Reggie Wilkerson (MCL) both out for the year.

Others included linebacker Davin Bellamy (illness, out), fullback Corey Campbell (right hamstring strain, out) linebacker James DeLoach (concussion, out), defensive end De'Andre Johnson (right shoulder sprain, out), wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley (right shoulder sprain, limited/no contact) and wide receiver Jonathon Rumph (right hamstring strain, limited/no contact).

"I would not count on Rumph right now. He has not been able to practice full speed," Richt said. "He's doing his best. "

Rumph has missed all three of Georgia's games thus far but Richt said he's not quite ready to say the junior college transfer will be red-shirted.

"I don't think we're there yet," Richt said. "We could just declare that but he did well enough for us in camp where if we could get him healthy we'd like to get him going if we can."

Meanwhile, neither linebacker Paris Bostick (foot) nor tailback Keith Marshall (knee contusion) were on the report. Marshall bruised his knee against North Texas but was back practicing with no limitations after being held out during drills Monday and Tuesday.

This and that

Nose guard Chris Mayes said he got in over 20 snaps against North Texas in what was his first action with the Bulldogs this year. … Earlier Wednesday, Richt's Twitter account called for a "Red Out" of Saturday's game against LSU. "I think it's a good thing. We're wearing red, our players are, and our fans do most of the time, but I'd like it to be 100 percent," Richt said. "I think it would be a great sign of unity for our Bulldog Nation and if everybody buys in and gets to the stadium that everybody's bought in before we even kick off, I think it adds even more energy to the day. I'd really like to see that." … Former Bulldog All-American Scott Woerner was elected Wednesday into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

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