ATHENS, Ga. — The off week gives Georgia officials a chance to observe the security measures enforced at other games this weekend as plans are made to secure Sanford Stadium for the Sept. 29 home game against Arkansas.
By early next week, director of event management Matt Brachowski, assistant athletics director for facilities Charles Whittemore and others, working with University of Georgia campus police chief Chuck Horton, expect to have a plan ready for the game.
"Whatever it is, we want to give people plenty of notice,'' said associate athletics director Claude Felton.
The measures will affect all parts of the game-day routine for the 6:30 p.m. Georgia-Arkansas game, to be televised by ESPN2.
Felton, for instance, is not sure if TV trucks will be allowed to park in their customary spots behind the South stands at Sanford Stadium. Georgia could follow the lead of other schools and enact a 50-yard buffer in which no vehicle will be allowed to park. That zone would knock out other parking lots close to the stadium.
Meanwhile, fans can expect tightened restrictions on the size of any bags or containers allowed in Sanford Stadium. Some schools have even placed restrictions on the size of women's purses allowed in facilities. Any bag — even small containers for binoculars — that Georgia decides to allow are subject to being searched.
One result of the tightened security and searches at the ticket gates is the probability that far less alcohol will smuggled into the stands.
Davis making a mark on special teams
Junior Ryan Davis of Columbus wants to make an impact at cornerback. In the meantime, it is becoming more customary to see Davis' No. 33 jersey near the ball on special teams.
Davis plays on punt coverage, punt return and kickoff teams. Against Arkansas State, Davis made a tackle for a loss of a yard on punt coverage.
Against South Carolina, Davis almost successfully tipped a punt by Jonathan Kilgo out of the end zone that would have forced the Gamecocks to take over inside their 2-yard line. Officials ruled that Davis was in the end zone when he tipped the ball.
Davis was involved in another special teams play when he was clipped by a South Carolina blocker, negating a punt return by the Gamecocks.
"I'm just trying to make plays that can help the team win,'' said Davis, who was credited with four special teams tackles last season. "Wherever the coaches need me, I want to make something happen.''
Davis is competing for playing time with Brandon Williams and Decory Bryant for playing time at cornerback behind starters Bruce Thornton and Tim Wansley.
Bailey suffers hand injury
Linebacker Boss Bailey is not expected to miss any time after suffering a hairline fracture of a bone on the top of his right hand Wednesday. Bailey is expected to play with a cast on his hand against Arkansas.
Bailey did not practice Thursday but should return to practice Monday as Georgia begins its game-week schedule for the Arkansas game.
Also, tailback Musa Smith returned to practice Thursday. Smith has been limited by a hip-flexor injury this week but is expected to be ready to start in the Arkansas game.
Good day for the defense
Coach Mark Richt applauded the play of defensive ends Bruce Adrine and Charles Grant and cornerback Tim Wansley as the defense dominated an 11-on-11 scrimmage session at the end of Thursday's practice.
Richt said the offense made plays in only two of 16 opportunities in the 11-on-11 session, including chances for the No. 1 offense against the No. 2 defense.
Georgia players will run and lift weights this morning and will be off for the rest of the weekend.