Notebook: Georgia 31 Georgia Tech 17

<b>Quick Hits:</b> Collier makes impact. Musa returns. Bowl talk. New starters. Players visit Jacobs.

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ATLANTA — Senior receiver Corrie Collier had only one catch in the first nine games of the season, so Saturday night he remembered a new way to get his hands on the ball.

Collier broke through the Georgia Tech line and blocked a punt by Chris Morehouse that gave Georgia possession at the Tech 24-yard line in the first quarter.

It was the first blocked punt by Georgia this season but it was not Collier's first block. He also used his sprinter's speed to block an Auburn punt last season.

Musa returns: Sophomore tailback Musa Smith, held out last week against Ole Miss, had four carries for 21 yards in the first half as he showed his groin injury has improved.

Two weeks ago, Georgia coaches admitted they were considering shutting down Smith for the season.

Bowl talk: Representatives of the Peach, Citrus, Tangerine and Outback bowls were at the game. Peach Bowl president Gary Stokan said his committee was more interested in Georgia than Georgia Tech.

Stokan added, however, that selecting any local team was not the best solution for hotel and tourism representatives on his committee, because many Georgia ticket-buyers would not spend the night — or much money — in Atlanta.

Perhaps the only matchup that might intrigue the Peach Bowl would be a Georgia-Florida State game. That would pit Florida State coach Bobby Bowden against his long-time offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Georgia's Mark Richt.

A Florida State-Georgia matchup would be nice pairing for ESPN, which televises the Peach Bowl. It also would provide a sure sellout, but the Peach Bowl hasn't struggled with ticket sales.

The Gator Bowl also has great interest in Florida State and will select an Atlantic Coast Conference team before the Peach Bowl. Gator representatives already have said they have no intention on passing up a rare opportunity to have Florida State in their game.

Meanwhile, the flurry of top 10 upsets this week may add strength to Tennessee's case to be included in the Bowl Championship Series. That, in turn, could improve Georgia's chances for a more attractive bowl than if Tennessee were to land in the Citrus or Outback.

For starters: As expected, offensive tackles George Foster and Kareem Marshall each started for the first time this year as Jon Stinchcomb was held out with a sprained knee. Stinchcomb and Foster had started at tight tackle and left tackle, respectively, the last five games.

On defense, Ken Veal and David Pollack were the starting tackles for the second straight week.

Also, sophomore cornerback Decory Bryant received his second start of the season but his first since the season opener.

Visiting a friend: A group of 10 Georgia players, accompanied by Richt, visited David Jacobs at Emory University Hospital on Friday and presented their teammate with the game ball from last week's 35-15 win at Mississippi.

The entire team visited the Emory Children's Hospital adjacent to Emory University Hospital.

Jacobs, a senior who had been the team's most productive defensive lineman, suffered a stroke on Nov. 14. The stroke affected Jacobs' speech and movement on his right side.

Georgia Tech announced good wishes for Jacobs before the national anthem.

A fund has been established by the Georgia Athletic Association to assist Jacobs and his family with needs not covered through Georgia's catastrophic insurance program.

The address for contributions: David Jacobs Account, First American Bank and Trust, P.O. Box 1688, Athens, Ga., 30606.

Captains: Georgia captains for the game were Jermaine Phillips, Charles Grant, Tim Wansley and Verron Haynes.

Coaches select weekly game captains and players will vote on permanent captains after the season.

Charles Odum can be reached at CEOdum@aol.com.


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