November 25, 2006

Pregame Notes from Athens: Game XII

Georgia Bulldogs (7-4, 4-4 SEC) are back home in Sanford
Stadium for the first time since late October to face instate rivals #16 Georgia
Tech (9-2, 7-1 ACC) to keep the Governor's Cup for the sixth straight
season.


The Bulldogs hope to play spoiler again as they did to
Auburn and their bid for a BCS at-large bowl game when Georgia beat the then
fifth ranked Tigers in Auburn 37-15 on the road.


Under head coach Mark Richt, the Bulldogs are
5-0 against Georgia Tech and the Bulldogs have not lost a game to an ACC opponent
under Richt (8-0).


Georgia holds the series edge 57-36-5, and the Bulldogs
are 25-10-1 against the Yellow Jackets in Sanford Stadium.


Georgia won 14-7 last year in Atlanta and beat Georgia
Tech 19-13 the last time they played in Athens in 2004.


The Bulldogs have won 12 of the last 15 meetings against
Georgia Tech.


Recovered Dawgs


Following a bye week the Georgia Bulldogs will have their
four top injured players back for Georgia Tech. Running backs Danny Ware,
Kregg Lumpkin, receiver
Mario Raley, and offensive tackle/guard
Michael Turner will play Saturday afternoon after all missing parts
or all of the Auburn game with injuries.


Lumpkin will start at tailback and Raley will start in
the slot for the Bulldogs.


Senior defensive tackles Ray Gant and
Dale Dixson will start at defensive tackle in their final home game.


Seniors Honored


Georgia will recognize 22 senior athletes before the kickoff
Saturday in Sanford Stadium.


The 22 players are: Chris Abbott,
Tra Battle, Dale Dixson,
Marquis Elmore,
Gordon Ely-Kelso,
Ray Gant, Trahern Holden, Daniel Inman,
Jarvis Jackson,
Nick Jones, Charles Krauth, Martrez Milner,
Quentin Moses, Joseph O'Keefe,
Joe Tereshinski,
Michael Turner, Danny Verdun, Stephen White, and
Des Williams.


Some players are going through the ceremony even if they
have a year of eligibility left because they wanted to be recognized with the
class they entered at Georgia with.


Junior fullback Des Williams will forgo his final season
of eligibility and will relinquish his football scholarship to pursue academics
at Georgia.


Team Captains


The captains for the Georgia Tech game will be the entire
2006 senior class. The honorary captain for the game is former All-American
and Super Bowl MVP safety Jake Scott (1966-68).



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