10 28 2004 - Notebook

ATHENS — Georgia finished its preparation for Florida with a light practice in Sanford Stadium on Thursday.

The Bulldogs worked out in the stadium so they could play crowd noise over the speaker system in an attempt to simulate the sounds of Alltel Stadium.

"We usually practice well in here with the noise," Coach Mark Richt said.

The sound is played so high that many members of the team's support staff wear ear plugs when Georgia practices in the stadium. The Bulldogs' neutral site game against the Gators is unique because tickets are split evenly between the teams.

That means 40,000 people are yelling all the time, Richt said. Normally, home fans only yell when their team is on defense, so it's quiet half the time.

"In this game, it's just loud the whole game," Richt said. "There is no lull in the fan excitement."

WARE STILL STARTING: Danny Ware will get his seventh start of the season despite being slowed all week by a lung infection, Richt said. Ware and fellow freshman Thomas Brown will split the carries almost evenly. Ware leads the Bulldogs with 506 yards this year; Brown is right behind with 412.

LOST LINEBACKER: After starting the first three games of the season and totaling 21 tackles, sophomore linebacker Jarvis Jackson has fallen off the radar screen. In the last four games, Jackson hasn't started and has managed only four tackles. The low point came last week at Arkansas, when he didn't get on the field.

Weak side linebacker Danny Verdun Wheeler played every snap against the Razorbacks.

"I couldn't really tell you (why I'm not playing)," Jackson said.

He has a minor shoulder injury, but that's not what's keeping off the field. Jackson has to show more consistency in practice and games to get his playing time back, defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder said.

"I know it's a process of them gaining trust in me," Jackson said. "Hopefully, I'll get more snaps."

Richt was quick to defend Jackson, in hopes the linebacker won't think the Bulldogs have given up on him.

"Jarvis played big for us when Odell (Thurman) was out," Richt said. "We're very pleased with what he did."


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