08 17 2004 News and Notes

ATHENS, GA – Georgia took a one day break from two-a-days for their Tuesday workout.

Michael Cooper was absent from today's workout. Cooper missed today's practice with an Achilles' tendon he suffered in yesterday's practice.

Albert Hollis moved back to tailback, at least for the day. Richt said that he will likely move back to the secondary when Cooper returns.

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Several players were back from sitting out. David Pollack and Max Jean-Gilles were both back at practice today. They both left Saturday's first practice early, but indications at that time were that both were not seriously injured.

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Players in a non-contact jersey today were: Trey Chandler (who has been moved to center and it practicing without shoulder pads), John LaValley, Tim Jennings (who did participate in practice today), Richard Cook, Mario Raley, Thomas Brown, Michael Turner, Gerald Anderson, Kedric Golston, and Jeremy Thomas. Coleman Watson sat out today's practice as did Josh Brock.

The defensive line was without three of its four starters yesterday, but with the return of Pollack, and with Anderson and Golston working in non-contact jerseys, the defensive line is back practicing together for the first time since last Thursday.

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The offensive line is split, for now, into three different groups. The number one line (going from tackle to guard to center, and then back out) is Daniel Inman, Max Jean Gilles, Russ Tanner, Nick Jones, Dennis Roland

The second unit today was James Lee, Fernando Velasco, Ryan Schnetzer, Zeb McKinzey, and Ken Shackelford.

The number three unit was made up of Chester Adams, Seth Watts, Russ Tanner, Michael Turner, and Daniel Inman.

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The practice was quiet otherwise. The Bulldogs focused on special teams, specifically the hands team. Other skill players worked on retrieving fumbles. The quarterbacks went through their regular routine of throwing drills. Danny Ware continues to be the most fluid running back in terms of catching the ball out of the backfield.

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"Tyson Browning, Quinton Moses, and Trehern Holden were banged up, but they sucked it up and went today," said Richt of the three.

"Tyson went through the whole practice and did not complain. He even ran gassers at the end," Richt said.

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Josh Brock will likely miss the next week or so, but will return at the early part of the season.

"The goal is the South Carolina game," Brock said. But Richt said that if Brock was feeling ok by the time the Bulldogs get ready for Georgia Southern, he will get a shot to play.

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MISSING ODELL – "Odell is a difference maker," said Richt after describing that the suspended linebacker was inserted into one drill with the first team defense. The drill instantly picked up, according to Richt.

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NOT THAT BAD OFF – Darrious Swain has been the whipping boy at Georgia for some time. But today he was paid a complement from his head coach.

"We are going to use him as much as we can," said Richt, pointing out that Swain is still out of shape. "But he has a pretty good attitude about (moving back to the defensive line). He is going to help us this season."

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NO DECISION, YET – Richt still can not decide on if Andy Bailey or Brandon Coutu will be his starting place kicker. "They are separated by about one percent," said Richt. "I don't know what I am going to do."

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LOOKING GOOD – The Georgia offensive line was criticized last season for poor protection, but Richt said that might be changing. "They are getting better. Callaway has them in sync. They are protecting pretty well."

Richt also noted that the defensive line has been banged up during preseason practice.

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Trey Chandler's move to center is a permanent one, according to Richt.


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