08 10 2004 News and Notes

ATHENS – Kregg Lumpkin's ACL injury dominated the news of the day, but there were several other happenings in Athens.

Lumpkin, dressed in an all blue outfit with black socks and flip flops, did not speak with the media after practice. He was not walking on crutches but had a black knee brace on his left knee.

"I'm alright. I'll talk with y'all tomorrow," he said walking with his father.

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Darrius Swain miss at least the first part of practice when he was running with conditioning coach Dave Van Halanger. Swain, who has been moved back to the defensive line, continues to struggle with his weight.

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Max Jean-Gilles left the final part of conditioning early today. He limped off the field, and it appeared that he was injured, but that was not the case. He was winded from the conditioning drills at the end of practice. The Bulldogs went through two sessions of conditioning at the end of practice.

"He didn't cramp," said Richt, "but it was coming on."

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Georgia kicked practice off a little early tonight due to rain they thought was headed their way. The Bulldogs continued to work almost exclusively on the turf part of the practice facility.

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Brandon Coutu might be inching ahead in the kicking battle with Andy Bailey.

"He seems the most consistent," said Mark Richt. "None of them are missing extra points but his are end over end every time. The other guys are making them, but there form is not as good right now."

Richt said, however, that there is no depth chart with the kickers right now. The kicking scrimmage in the next few days will determine that.

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Bartley Miller is not practicing with the team right now, but he appears to be tremendously fit. He is working out in a shirt and shorts right now in the weight room.

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Boss Bailey was in town with Kenny Bailey. Both attended practice today.

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Brian VanGorder feels comfortable enough with Georgia's current linebacker situation let Brannan Southerland move back to the offensive side of the ball. Brandon Miller and Josh Johnson will likely see a good amount of playing time this fall in VanGorder's defense.

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Those two players likely will not redshirt this season, and it appears that Thomas Brown might not either. Brown will get a good look from Richt and company in the coming days. Brown might be able to provide the depth at tailback that Georgia suddenly needs.

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Mark Richt is very pleased with both the ball skills and conditioning of his team. He said that he could not think of skill player on the roster that does not have solid ball skills. He also added that the Bulldogs are not having to worry about conditioning with nearly the whole team. Richt wants to run intense practices and said that his team has performed during the up-tempo drills so far.

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Richt also said that there were a lot of mistakes during today's practice.

"Everyone is ready for day one. When day two gets here you install more things and they don't do as well. By tomorrow they may be shot," he said of the team's learning curve.

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Playing Georgia Southern in the first game of the season is putting a certain amount of stress on the defense. Preparing for the option, while also trying to install the regular defense may be slowing what Richt wants the defense to prepare for.

"But you can't just get ready for an option team like Georgia Southern in five days," he said of the dilemma.

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Mike Gilliam is suspended for the first game of the season. Richt did not go into details for the suspension.

Chester Adams did not participate in today's drills. He missed yesterday's practice and hopes to return tommorow.


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