08 16 2004 Notebook

ATHENS -- Georgia continued to limp through fall practice Monday as three-fourths of its starting defensive line sat out and Josh Brock's comeback hopes were dealt a serious blow.

All-America defensive end David Pollack missed his second straight day due to a sprained patella tendon in his right knee and starting defensive tackles Kedric Golston and Gerald Anderson were added to the injured list.

Anderson sat out due to what he described as a soft tissue sprain in his right shoulder. He isn't sure when he will return to the practice field.

"It'll just take time until I get stronger," he said.

Golston also has a shoulder injury but could be back as early as today, Richt said.

Brock, who has battled shoulder injuries for more than a year, pulled a muscle between his shoulder and chest during Saturday's scrimmage, virtually assuring he won't retake his starting job from Nick Jones. Brock could miss the first few games of the season due to the injury.

"He'll be back this season, for sure," Richt said, "early this season if he rehabs well."

Starting guard Max Jean-Gilles was expected to return to action Monday but instead he donned a green jersey and did individual drills while his teammates practiced. An MRI taken Saturday revealed minor ligament damage in his left ankle, he said.

"I think I might get the whole week off," he said.

Jean-Gilles' absence isn't devestating since he already knows most of his assignments, but it does keep the Bulldogs' first-team line from developing much-needed cohesion.

"I just feel depresseed when I'm not out there," he said. "To be better, you have to be out there."

Pollack didn't even attend Monday practices, but the team got good news on his MRI. He could be back by the end of the week.

"Everything is structurally sound," Richt said.

Free safety Thomas Davis, who missed Saturday's scrimmage due to a sore hamstring, didn't participate in the morning practice but returned for an afternoon workout.

Defensive linemen Richard Cook (shoulder) and Jeremy Lomax (neck) continued to sit out.

A VOTE FOR THE VETERAN: The Bulldogs have added several speedsters to the lineup with the recruiting class of 2004, most notably wide receiver Demiko Goodman, a state sprint champion and junior Olympian. However, at least one player says an upperclassman retains the title of team's fastest player.

"I'm going to still say Reggie Brown," said running back Tyson Browning.

Brown, a senior wide receiver, was a renowned track start coming out of Carrollton High School six years ago. The Bulldogs no longer time their players in the 40-yard dash, but Browning said he can run a sub-4.4 40-yard dash, and Brown is still faster than him.

Game speed is another matter, Browning said.

"You get Fred Gibson on a football field, and he's going to move as fast as you've ever seen him move," Browning said.

LIVE, SORT OF: ESPN will be in Athens on Wednesday to tape the Bulldogs' morning practice. The network will air the practice Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., but Georgia fans (and opponents) shouldn't expect to see anything very interesting.

"I don't know how long they'll be out there, but they won't see much of anything," Richt said. "They'll see a lot of sprint draw."

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