Fast Five: Finishing Touches

ATHENS - Georgia has one day of practice left to put the finishing touches on its Troy game plan.

(One) With one day of practice left this week, Mark Richt and his staff are getting ready to put the finishing touches on Georgia’s preparation for Troy. Coming off a 35-38 loss to South Carolina on the road in the conference-opener, which no one has forgotten, Richt says it’s time to move on to the next opponent.

It doesn’t matter if it’s Troy. The motivation hasn’t been lost.

“I don't think anything has to do with who we're playing or what the record is,” Richt said. “I think it's just a matter of rebounding and getting back to work. I see a bunch of guys moving on. It's hard to do, but it's what you've got to do.”

(Two) The rebounding starts on Saturday at noon. Yes, a noon kickoff – an SEC fan’s dream.

The noon kickoff puts players in their rooms by 10 on Friday, and requires more work the day before the game. The Bulldogs better get used to it, because they’ll have to do it the following week against Tennessee, too.

While Ray Drew prefers the night kicks, he’ll just have to get used to the lunchtime matchups for now.

However, you can’t deny that certain ‘energy’ that comes along with a late kickoff.

“Just having the home crowd there, and let’s just say they’ve had a lot of time to ‘tailgate,’ it causes for a big game and a loud and rowdy crowd,” Drew said.

(Three) J.J. Green couldn’t stay off the field as a true freshman playing tailback in the place of the injured Todd Gurley in 2013, but that isn’t the case as a defensive back in Jeremy Pruitt’s scheme this season.

Green only touched the field in special teams situations in Columbia.

“I didn’t really expect too much in that game,” Green said. “I just get in where I fit in and I’m still learning his system. I’m starting to play strong safety now and I’m still playing star, but I think I’ve pretty much mastered what to do at star.”

Where will Green play vs. Troy?

“This week I don’t know what to expect,” Green said. “I’m not trying to look into the future. I’m just trying to get better every day.”

(Four) Nick Chubb (left thumb surgery) watch is still on. It’s a particularly interesting situation. While Mike Bobo said it was too early in the week to make a call on his status on Tuesday, Richt said on Wednesday that he “wouldn't be shocked to see him in the game” Saturday.

Chubb didn’t practice Wednesday, but is expected to see a little more work Thursday.

(Five) There’s still a lot to be determined in the defensive backfield, according to Richt. No, Green hasn’t seen a lot of time. Yes, Dominick Sanders has done some good things.

Nothing’s set, though.

“(We’re) just trying to find the best answers on a daily basis, on a weekly basis,” Richt said. “We haven't played good enough back there to where anyone has anything locked down.”


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