Stinchcomb Out, Sanks In Dawg House...

If the Dawgs are going to end Tech's three year reign as Thriller Bowl champs, they'll have to do it without All-SEC tackle Jon Stinchcomb, who injured a knee in practice Wednesday, and RB Jasper Sanks, who was suspended from the team for breaking unspecified team rules,adding yet another sad chapter to his incredibly disappointing college career. Oh, and then there's the weather forecast....

Dawg Injury & Weather Buzz:

Jon Stinchcomb injured a knee in practice Wednesday and will probably miss Saturday's Tech-Georgia showdown. And Jasper Sanks' suspension for a rules violation adds to the Dawgs' overall depth woes as they prepare for the Jackets.

Stinchcomb is UGA's best overall offensive lineman, and his injury means the Dawgs will battle Tech most of the game with a three-man tackle rotation of Kareem Marshall, Alex Jackson and George Foster.

Sanks would have added depth at running back behind converted fullback Verron Haynes. He is pasticularly good at backfield blocking and picking up blitzes, an important asset to have when playing the Georgia Tech defense. Of course, he has also been adept during his underachieving Bulldog career for the well-timed turnover. One bright spot for the Dawgs: Musa Smith, their extremely talented but chronically injured tailback, could see more action than previously expected.

Haynes rushed for over 190 yards last week against Ole Miss and former walk-on J.T. Wall from Milledgeville has proven to be a brusing blocker as well. So the Dawgs aren't necessarily hurt by Sanks' departure --on the field at least, especially if Smith can play.

The other significant development for Saturday's game now appears to be the weather. Heavy thunderstorms (Remember them?)could hit Atlanta on Saturday, the area's first significant rainfall in about a thousand days. Top Stories