ATHENS - Linebacker Odell Thurman agrees with Mark Richt's assessment of Thurman's first game back from a three-game suspension.
After Thurman had eight tackles, including a sack, against LSU, Richt
said the junior had an average game.
"I looked at film, and it wasn't one of my best games," said
a Monticello native. "A good game for me would be about 13 tackles, a
couple of sacks and an interception, a big play like that."
Thurman feared that he would be too excited about the game and would
blow assignments because of it, but that wasn't the case, he said.
"I thought I would be real geeked up, but actually I was
said. "I got my feet wet, though, I'll be more comfortable this week."
NOT BITING: The Bulldogs don't appear to be too riled up about Kevin
Burnett's apparent guarantee that the Volunteers will beat the Bulldogs
this weekend. The Tennessee linebacker said after his team lost to
Auburn that it would play the Tigers again.
"Mark it down," he told The (Nashville) Tennessean. "We
will see them
again, I promise you that."
That would mean the Vols would play Auburn again in the SEC
Championship Game. In order to get to Atlanta, Tennessee most likely
would nhave to beat the Bulldogs.
"They must want to play them again pretty badly," Georgia
Daniel Inman said. "We're at the fourth game of the season, that (the
SEC title game) is a little far away."
Wide receiver Reggie Brown also declined to fire back.
"It's a free country," he said. "You can say anything you
not going to say anything. I'm just going to show up and play the game."
INJURY UPDATE: Offensive guard Max Jean-Gilles (knee sprain) planned
to practice Monday night and predicted he would play Saturday. Offensive
tackle Daniel Inman will play but may have a cast on each hand.
Inman has worn a cast on his right hand all season to protect a
sprained wrist. On the first series of the LSU's game, he bent the
forefinger on his left hand back, chipping a bone. He played the rest of
the game, but he had two fingers in a cast on Monday. He is going to try
to convince the doctors to leave off at least one of the casts during
the Tennessee game, he said.
"I don't want to be out there playing with nubs," he said.
Freshman tailback Danny Ware planned to practice Monday without a
helmet to avoid re-opening a cut on his head. The Bulldogs do mainly
conditioning work on Monday nights.
VOLS BANGED UP: Tennessee has three key players who may not be
available for Saturday's game. Defensive end Parys Haralson (knee),
offensive tackle Arron Sears (ankle, foot) and tight end Justin Reed
(knee) are all questionable. Haralson lead the Volunteers with five
quarterback hurries and also has 1.5 sacks.
MORE ACCOLADES: David Greene added two more national player of the
week honors Monday to go along with the Walter Camp Football Foundation
recognition he received Sunday. Greene, who threw a school-record five
touchdowns against LSU, was selected by fans nationwide via text
messaging and online voting to be the Cingular Wireless/ABC Sports
All-America player of the week, and also was chosen by the Sporting News
as its player of the week.
However, Greene was not selected as the SEC offensive player of the
week. That went to Florida quarterback Chris Leak, who had 322 yards
passing and three touchdowns in a win over Arkansas.
IN THE MIX: Hawkinsville defensive lineman Charles Johnson became the
seventh true freshman to play this year when he entered the LSU game.
Johnson was not credited with a tackle.
EARLY GAME: The Oct. 16 Georgia-Vanderbilt game has been picked up by
Jefferson-Pilot Sports and will be broadcast at 12:30 p.m. The Bulldogs
are 18-3 all-time on JP.
BIG LINE: The Bulldogs are favored by almost two touchdowns (13
points) in the early betting lines.
POLLACK HONORED: The SEC didn't miss the performance of David Pollack,
who was named the league's defensive lineman of the week. Pollack had
five tackles and one sack against the Tigers. He now has 26.5 career
sacks and needs three more to break Richard Tardits' school record of
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