Ken Veal was the projected starter before he badly twisted an ankle before the season. In his place, Ray Gant has made 12 tackles and quite an impression on Coach Mark Richt.
"He's definitely earned a lot of playing time," Richt said.
imagine he's going to be in there quite a bit if he keeps playing like
he has been. He's got some fundamental issues he needs to improve on,
but what has got him all the playing time is his effort."
Gant also has five quarterback pressures.
INJURY UPDATE: o Safety Kentrell Curry (leg) and defensive end
Marcus Jackson (thumb) will travel to Baton Rouge and dress out for the game
but neither is guaranteed playing time.
"If (Curry) plays and how much is very hard to say," Richt said.
"Marcus is in the same boat."
Starting wide receiver Fred Gibson (hamstring) and starting running
back Tony Milton (leg) won't make the trip because there is no chance
they would play, and SEC schools are only allowed to take 70 players on
the road. Tight end Ben Watson (ankle) is also out, but he will make the
trip because he's a senior, Richt said.
GAME PLANNING, AGAIN: The Bulldogs practiced for almost two hours at
Sanford Stadium on Thursday, and there were enough mistakes that Richt
said he may have to review the game plan and take some things out.
"I'll make sure we're doing the things we know how to do," he
Georgia practiced at the stadium so the coaches could have crowd noise
piped in to mimic what the team will hear Saturday in Tiger Stadium.
TWO-WAY STAR: LSU receiver Michael Clayton, the linchpin of the
Tigers' offense, may see some time in the secondary Saturday.
Clayton played safety in last year's Cotton Bowl and against Arizona
this year, and he has practiced there some this week. Clayton has 23
catches for 423 yards and four touchdowns this year.
In other Tigers personnel matters, it wouldn't be a surprise to see
junior Shyrone Carey start over listed starter Joseph Addai. Carey was
one of team's offensive players of the week last week after rushing for
129 yards on 21 carries.
THIS AND THAT: Michael Cooper will get the majority of the snaps at
running back Saturday, Richt said, but the No. 2 position hasn't been
set yet. "It'll probably be situational." ...
Defensive lineman Preston Pannell of Cordele will start practicing
again in mid-October, Richt said. Pannell has missed a year and a half
due to shoulder injuries. Defensive lineman Darrell Holmes (shoulder) is
also expected to return to contact work in mid-October.
QUOTABLE: "We've faced adversity off the field in the
in camp, but... we've never had anybody really steal the momentum of a
game away from us. I'm certain it will happen Saturday, and I'm eager to
see how the guys will react to it." - Richt.
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