"We just have to keep preparing each week and hopefully somebody else will fall off," quarterback David Greene said.
As expected, the Bulldogs were ranked No. 4 behind No. 1 Oklahoma, No.
2 Miami and No. 3 Virginia Tech. Just as they are in the Associated
Press poll, the Bulldogs are the highest rated one-loss team in the
"I think Georgia is the favorite of the one-loss teams," ESPN
Kirk Herbstreit said when the BCS was announced. "I don't think there's
a game left on their schedule they can't win."
The top two teams in the final BCS poll, which will be released early
in December, will play in the Sugar Bowl for the BCS national
"If we're still ranked in the BCS poll a month from now, we'll get
excited," Georgia coach Mark Richt said, "but right now we have a long
way to go."
Georgia (6-1, 4-1 SEC) plays UAB this weekend. Richt pointed out that
even winning the remainder of their games doesn't guarantee the Bulldogs
will maintain their BCS positioning because the poll uses strength of
schedule factors and computer polls as well as voter-based polling and
"Really all we can do is think about the game ahead," he said.
INJURY UPDATE: Wide receivers Fred Gibson (knee) and Michael Johnson
(shoulder) both said they hope to return Saturday against UAB.
"Last week I barely could walk, but this week it's feeling
Gibson said. "I'm staying confident. I just have to think positive right
now. I can't get down."
Johnson said he planned to return to practice Monday night to job and
catch a few passes.
"We're going to take our time with this," he said. "I feel
Linebacker Derrick White, who missed the Vanderbilt game due to a foot
injury, walked normally Monday and said he will play against UAB.
Defensive lineman Marquis Elmore, who aggravated an ankle injury against
Vanderbilt, also said he'll be ready to go.
Running back Tony Milton, who is out of the season due to a leg
injury, will have surgery today.
GANT NOT READY: Defensive lineman Ray Gant didn't play in the
Vanderbilt game. Following the game, defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder said he thought a hand injury kept Gant out, but line coach
Rodney Garner said Monday Gant was healthy enough to play.
"He just wasn't ready," Garner said. "He wasn't prepared
SHOCKLEY'S DECISION: Backup quarterback D.J. Shockley said a fear that
he would suffer further damage to his right knee convinced him to have
season-ending surgery this week. Shockley will have surgery today to
repair cartilage damage and will be on crutches for six weeks.
He should be able to start jogging in three months and be fully
rehabilitated in six months, he said. He hopes to be ready for spring
"April will be six months," he said. "If my body heals
like I hope,
I'll be back for spring," he said.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sean Jones' special teams' contributions in
Georgia's 27-8 victory over Vanderbilt last week were virtually
meaningless, but the did give the SEC enough reason to name him
conference special teams player of the week. Jones returned an onside
kick 41 yards, setting up Georgia's last touchdown, and then blocked a
34-yard field goal on the game's final play to keep the Commodores in
Jones' defensive effort was much more impressive on defense, where he
recorded a season-high 14 tackles, giving him a team-high 73 for the
season. Jones also intercepted his team-high fourth pass.
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