ATHENS - A familar face, with a slightly banged up nose, showed up to
Terrence Edwards, Georgia's all-time record-holding receiver, visited
his former teammates only a few days after the Atlanta Falcons had
announced that the former Washington County standout had made the team.
"Coach (Mark) Richt and a whole lot of coaches were like, 'Show us
money, show us the money'," Gibson laughed. "They were kinda messing
Edwards got an ovation from the current Bulldogs, and Georgia wideout
Fred Gibson learned a lesson.
"They liked what they saw," Gibson said of the Falcons. "He
team. Hard work pays off, man."
Edwards was a little sheepish about the broken nose he recently
"He said his helmet was too big and it came down over his face,"
said, laughing again. "He said he needed a smaller helmet."
COMING CLOSE: Richt's warnings about MTSU's upset capabilities have
Last year, the Blue Raiders lost by five at Alabama to open the season.
In 2001, they lost at LSU by 16, but have won two straight at
As an independent in 2000, they topped Louisiana Tech and South
In the last three seasons, the Blue Raiders have played at Alabama,
Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Maryland, Florida, Illinois,
Middle Tennessee State's last year as a I-AA school was in 1998, and it
was a I-A independent in 1999 before joining the Sun Belt Conference in
INJURY UPDATE: On Wednesday's SEC coaches teleconference, Richt
off Tuesday's progress report on defensive tackle Ken Veal (ankle),
safety Kentrell Curry (leg) and defensive end Marquis Elmore (ankle).
"I don't know if any one of those guys will make it," Richt
ran straight ahead pretty good. I don't know if they can cut and move
well enough to really be a threat to play this week."
NEWS 'N NOTES: Defensive coordinator Brian Van Gorder said it
yet been determined whether Odell Thurman will start this week at middle
linebacker. He didn't start last week, but played quite a bit. The
Bulldogs got a solid performance in that spot from Derrick White, who
also played outside linebacker.
Kickoff weather report: Partly cloudy, some scattered
showers, humidity around 75 percent, highs in the
low-mid 80s. ... Richt said quarterback David Greene graded well, and
was two dropped passes away from completing his first 10 tries. But the
junior missed on three or four decisions. Greene was happy with the
performance if only for one reason: he didn't have to run any gassers.
"It doesn't happen too often," he said with a smile. "Hopefully
keep it that way." ... Middle Tennessee State, located in Murfreesboro,
is a school of some size with about 21,000 students, about 11,000 fewer
than Georgia. But the stadium the Blue Raiders will play in Saturday is
about three times bigger than their own. Sanford's new unofficial
capacity is 92,020, while Floyd Stadium is 30,788.
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