Repetitious Rocky Top

ATHENS – Piping in crowd noise to a Thursday Georgia football practice at Sanford Stadium isn't unusual prior to a road game.

Cranking up a couple of versions of "Rocky Top" earlier in the week on the Woodruff practice fields is a different twist.

Georgia will hear it plenty Saturday at Tennessee.

It is one of the state songs and is played throughout games at Neyland Stadium.

On Wedneday, "Rocky Top" played early in practice for a portion of the time media are permitted to watch and later for about a half hour straight, according to linebacker Christian Robinson

"It's annoying," Robinson said. "I'll bet listening to any fight song for that long would be annoying. It's loud. They've got it turned up so loud that you can't even talk, you can't even hear.".

At one point, Robinson said coach Mark Richt asked for it to be shut off.

Asked if he's sick of hearing it, Richt said: "I'm getting there. We'll hear it a lot more (today)."

With the expansion of the Butts-Mehre building, Georgia now can play noise during its daily practices, Richt said.

"One thing we were going to do starting out was to have the QB whisper his cadence and barely talk loud enough for everybody to hear," Richt said. "We just decided let's try doing the music at certain times at practice where they'll just get used to that sensation. It's a different deal."

Richt ranks Neyland Stadium "up there high," with stadiums he's coached at for crowd noise.

"It can be a really loud place," Richt said.

"They're going to play it all day, win or loss," Robinson said.

Team will wear special helmet stickers

The mother of fullback Bruce Figgins is being treated for breast cancer.

"The doctors caught it early so that's a blessing," Figgins said. "She just recently had surgery. She's doing well."

Kim Devita Figgins was diagnosed in recent months, he said.

Richt said that the team will wear a special pink helmet sticker with her initials "KDF" on it. October is breast cancer awareness month.

"We just want to let her know we love her and we care about her very much and we pray that everything comes out well," Richt said. "We pray for everybody who's dealing with any kind of cancer."

Burnette return could bring rotation

Offensive guard Chris Burnette could return Saturday after missing the past two games with a knee injury after practicing some this week.

"If he's super sore (today), it's not a good sign," Richt said. "If he doesn't get sore, it will probably be thumbs up for him to play I would think."

Richt said Georgia could have a three-guard rotation with Dallas Lee and Kenarious Gates.

This and that

Tailback Richard Samuel was in a non-contact jersey because of a sore shoulder, but is expected to play. "Nothing big," Richt said. "We just didn't want to light him up today." …Cornerback Damian Swann (groin) appears ready to play, Richt said. …Receiver Rantavious Wooten (concussion) will miss his third straight game.

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