Davis Moving Up

ATHENS – Georgia freshman wide receiver Reggie Davis hadn't made a ton of noise since catching a 98-yard touchdown on his first college reception back in September.

The Tallahassee, Fla., native had quite an eventful day against Appalachian State Saturday.

He jumped up to grab a 38-yard pass from Aaron Murray at the 2-yard line, fumbled after another catch that Georgia recovered and was brought down for no gain on an unsuccessful fake punt.

"I think I was being tested," Davis said, "and I think I passed the test. If something happen, you've got to have a short-term memory and just move on. There's plenty of ball to be played, but you do have to learn from your mistakes because against a really good, top-ranked team, they will capitalize on that. I've got some things I need to fix in practice."

Murray pump faked on the play that Davis caught down the sideline.

"It was good to see Reggie Davis make that play on a deep-ball on an underthrow," offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said.

Davis has 10 catches for 247 yards and a touchdown this season.

Rome out but Lynch, Conley could return

Georgia won't have one of its top tight ends for Saturday's game against Auburn, but could get back another.

Coach Mark Richt said Monday that sophomore Jay Rome, usually the Bulldogs'

backup tight end, won't play against No. 7 Auburn Saturday.

Tight end Arthur Lynch and wide receiver Chris Conley have "got a chance," to return for the game. They both were listed as limited in practice Monday.

Conley leads Georgia with 30 catches for 418 yards and four touchdowns while Lynch has 15 catches for 243 yards and two touchdowns.

Lynch missed Saturday's win over Appalachian State with bruised ribs and Conley hasn't played since injuring an ankle on the final play of the loss to Vanderbilt on Oct. 19.

"We're not counting them out," Richt said. "Jay, I think, you can count out of this one."

Bulldogs' returns lacking

Auburn had nearly as many kickoff and punt return yards Saturday against Tennessee as Georgia has managed all season.

Auburn got 312 yards on kickoff and punt return in its 55-23 romp over the Volunteers. Chris Davis was named SEC special teams player of the week Monday after having 127 punt return yards, including an 85-yard return for a touchdown on Saturday.

Georgia ranks120th in the nation in kickoff returns at 16.3 yards per game and 111th in punt returns at 3.55.

"We know one day, it's going to break, we don't know which day it's going to happen," said Sheldon Dawson, who is averaging 21.0 yards on four kick returns this season. "Everything has to be well-executed. It's a team play, it's a team sport and as a team we've got to get the job done."

This and that

Georgia final home football game of the season will be its first this year in Sanford Stadium to kick off at night. The Nov. 23 game against Kentucky is set for 7 p.m. It will be shown nationally on either ESPN2 or ESPNU. The TV network will be determined after this week's games.

Tailback Keith Marshall is to undergo surgery today for the knee injury he sustained against Tennessee on Oct. 5, he posted on his Instagram account. Marshall suffered a torn ACL to his right knee and also had MCL damage.

Safety/nickel back Josh Harvey-Clemons said he's up to 224 pounds now, 10 pounds above his listed weight.

Saturday's captains: Murray, Amarlo Herrera, Garrison Smith and Jordan Jenkins.

Inside linebacker Reggie Carter (knee), defensive lineman Toby Johnson (ankle), outside linebacker T.J. Stipling (ankle) special teamer Marc Deas (quadriceps) were listed as limited in Monday's practice.

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