Commings Goes Back & Forth

ATHENS - Sanders Commings is "freed up," this week to move to cornerback, coach Mark Richt said, now that Bacarri Rambo is off his one-game suspension.

The junior would relish the chance to go up against Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina's All-American receiver.

"I would love that challenge, I would," said Commings, who started at safety in the Bulldogs' opener.

The 6-foot-2, 217-pound Commings could be the Bulldogs' best matchup with the 6-4, 229-pound Jeffery, a junior who had 88 catches for 1,517 yards last year and five catches for 92 yards in South Carolina's 56-37 win over East Carolina Saturday.

Jeffery had seven catches for 103 yards in the Gamecocks' 17-6 win against Georgia last year.

"He's good," Commings said. "Great ball-skills, can run well. He's huge. …He's a well-polished receiver also. He can do pretty much anything."

Richt didn't say that Commings is playing corner, only that he's now available to do that.

"It's just good to have that kind of versatility," Richt said. Commings went through a drill early in practice at first-team cornerback, along with Brandon Boykin. Rambo and Shawn Williams were the safeties.

Tough questions keep coming

A day after fielding a question about whether Saturday is a must-win game, Richt got the same question on the Southeastern Conference coaches' teleconference Wednesday.

"I wouldn't say that," Richt said. "It's a very important game for us, very crucial for us in the Eastern Division race. It's not a must-win mathematically for the race, it's not a must-win in any other way that I know of, but is it crucially important? There's no doubt about that. But we look at every game like it's a must-win game, so however you want to spin it, you can spin it. You guys spin it anyway you want anyway, so do with that what you want."

Richt fielded a flurry of similar type questions about the team morale and insulating the team from criticism.

"We're just coaching ball, OK," Richt said. "You guys want to make things bigger than they are."

Richt was also contentious at times in his postpractice news conference. He opened his comments with "I can only guess what we're going to be asked today, but I'll talk a little bit about practice."

Later, Richt was asked if his response to the team after the Boise State loss Saturday night was to offer encouragement, trying to be positive or had he reached a point of throwing chairs or trying to light a fire under his team.

"Does everybody want me to snap?" Richt said. "Is that what they want? Do you all want to see me snap, is that what it is? We don't discuss what happens in the locker room, but if you guys want me to throw a table or something I'll do that or smash a camera if that makes everybody feel better. ..No, not your camera."

Pass protection still a worry

Georgia hasn't fixed its third down protection issues.

"We just didn't protect very good," Richt said after Wednesday's full pads practice. "I don't know. The film might show a little bit better than what I saw, but our boys better get it going or (Aaron) Murray's going to be on his back."

The team went full pads again, but the results left Richt in a bad mood.

"I'm not sure it was good enough today to beat anybody," Richt said.

Murray was sacked six times in the 35-21 loss to Boise State and went Georgia went two of 13 on third down.

Center Ben Jones said the offensive line "messed up," on one particular play a couple of times Wednesday.

The third down issues didn't crop up in the preseason.

"I didn't have any major concern about it," Richt said. "I do now. I do now."

Geathers `wants to play this ballgame'

Nose guard Kwame Geathers may have gotten limited work Wednesday, Richt said, after missing practice on Tuesday with a shoulder injury.

Richt said he thinks Geathers the Georgetown, S.C., native will play.

"Kwame is from South Carolina; he wants to play in this ballgame," Richt said. "I don't think we could keep him out of this one."

This and that

Outside linebacker Ray Drew, a five-star recruit from Thomasville, did not play Saturday, but he said defensive coordinator Todd Grantham told him the intentions are to get him into the South Carolina game. "He said he feels like I prepared well," Grantham said. Drew hopes to rotate in and said he's not disappointed he did not play the first game. "I have the mindset that it's my first year and I'm going to do everything I can to show I'm ready." …Due to cooler temperatures, Georgia practiced on the FieldTurf in hopes of making practice warmer. The forecast calls for a high of 85 on Saturday.

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