Georgia Notebook:

Visitors at practice, injuries and more...


 ATHENS - A familar face, with a slightly banged up nose, showed up to practice Monday.

 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 the money, show us the money'," Gibson laughed. "They were kinda messing with him."

 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 made the team. Hard work pays off, man."

 Edwards was a little sheepish about the broken nose he recently suffered.

 "He said his helmet was too big and it came down over his face," Gibson said, laughing again. "He said he needed a smaller helmet."

 COMING CLOSE: Richt's warnings about MTSU's upset capabilities have some merit.

 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 Vanderbilt.

 As an independent in 2000, they topped Louisiana Tech and South Florida.

 In the last three seasons, the Blue Raiders have played at Alabama, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Maryland, Florida, Illinois, and LSU.

 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 2001.

 INJURY UPDATE: On Wednesday's SEC coaches teleconference, Richt backed 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 said. "They 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 hasn't 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 we can 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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