Dominick Sanders to Miss First Half

ATHENS - Georgia will have to make do without starting safety Dominick Sanders for the first half of Saturday’s game against Florida for a targeting penalty against Missouri.

The Bulldogs got through two players not being able to play until the second half in 2011 against Florida on the winning side.

Safety Shawn Williams and nose guard Kwame Geathers drew half game suspensions for a flagrant personal foul and fighting, respectively, in a game against Vanderbilt.

Georgia won that year 24-20.

This time Georgia will be playing the first two quarters without Sanders, who leads Georgia with two interceptions and seven passes defended including five pass breakups.

“Dominick’s a huge part of our defense,” tailback Sony Michel said. “It sucks that he’s going to miss the first half, but good thing he’s not missing the whole game. I’m sure when he gets back he’s going to be ready to play.”

Georgia’s depth chart for the Florida game left Sanders as a starting safety.

Coach Mark Richt indicated that freshman Johnathan Abram and junior Quincy Mauger will be counted on more in Sanders’ absence and even Aaron Davis.

“We’re going to have to figure out exactly what we’re going to do in this particular game,” Richt said.

Mauger talked Monday about others “stepping up to the plate.”

“It’s just one of those things where you’ve just got to stay locked in,” Mauger said. “No matter what situation comes at hand, what kind of adversity comes in front of us, we know how to face it.”

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