10 27 2004 - Greene set to tie record

ATHENS -- Georgia quarterback David Greene will tie Peyton Manning as the winningest quarterback in college football history if the Bulldogs beat Florida on Saturday.

Greene's career record is 38-9. Manning left Tennessee with a 39-6 record. Greene and Manning already have one thing in common. They've never beaten the Gators. Tying the record against the Gators "would be a little extra special," David Greene said.

Greene also could set another record Saturday. In fact, barring something very unforeseen, he will. With one more start, Greene will has 48 in his career, more than any player in UGA history. He currently shares the record of 47 with former offensive lineman Kevin Breedlove.

Wide receiver Fred Gibson also has the chance to reach a couple milestones. With two more catches, he'll move into third place on the school's all-time reception record, and, with 18 more yards, he'll move into the Top 10 in career yardage in the SEC. He currently has 2,604 yards.

"I think I can get 18, man," said Gibson.

Gibson needs 490 yards to pass Terrence Edwards and be the SEC's all-time leading receiver. He'll need to average right at 100 yards per game to get there.

"I want to be No. 1," he said.

PRACTICE REPORT: The Bulldogs practiced for almost two hours Wednesday afternoon. Starting tailback Danny Ware (lung) practiced in a green, no-contact jersey but will play Saturday. The Bulldogs still haven't announced whether they'll start Ware or Thomas Brown, but Richt said they'll split time evenly.

Linebacker Arnold Harrisons (shoulder) and Jarvis Jackson (shoulder) practiced green jerseys but both expect to play.

BE PREPARED: Richt has considered the fact that Florida's coaches might do something off the wall, or call more high-risk, high-reward plays, since they have nothing left to lose, he said. However, he dismissed the thought pretty quickly.

"I've thought about that a little bit, but I think they believe in what they're doing," he said. "I think all along they've been thinking this is the best plan to win, so I don't think they'll deviate from it much."

WELL-WISHERS: Former Bulldog Sean Jones, a safety who is now a rookie with the Cleveland Browns, attended Wednesday's practice. Jones has yet to play an NFL snap due to an injury, but he still has gotten national exposure by appearing on a commercial for Chunky soup. Former Georgia athletic director and coach Vince Dooley, who was 17-7-1 against the Gators, also walked across the street from his new office to speak briefly to Richt.

SO CLOSE, YET SO FAR: Florida's three losses have come by a total of 12 points. The Gators have yet to lose a game by more than one score.

"They're closer to being undefeated, probably, than we are, Richt said.

But that sentiment won't do Ron Zook any good now that the Gators coach has been fired.

"A couple more plays, and (Zook) is coach of the year," fullback Jeremy Thomas said.

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