Hollis to try for 6th year

ATHENS -- Albert Hollis isn't willing to give up on his football career yet. The hard luck Georgia senior will apply to the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility when the season is over.

"I owe it to myself and my family to do it," he said.

If Albert Hollis is granted his request, it will tie up his scholarship for one more season in a year in which the Bulldogs are short on available offers due to their small senior class. Still, Coach Mark Richt told Hollis last week he would support him fully in his attempt.

"I want what he wants," Richt said. "It's our job as coaches to help these guys play as long as they can and get out of the experience what they want."

Hollis, who was the Sacramento track athlete of the year in 2000 when he was at Christian Brothers High School, hasn't stepped on the game field while at Georgia due to a dislocated knee he suffered in the spring of 2001.

He only regained full use of his leg in the last year and a half. He's been healthy this year, but he has spent the season in the secondary of Georgia's scout team. He came to Georgia as a running back, but now he wants to remain at cornerback next year, he said.

"I love it," he said.

Hollis is still hoping to make his Georgia debut this year when the Bulldogs host Georgia Tech on Nov. 27 in their final home game of the season.

"I still want to get on the field (this year). The sixth year doesn't matter," he said. "I'm a football play so I want to play in the game."

NO TIMETABLE: Peach County product A.J. Bryant expects to play in the Nov. 27 game against Georgia Tech. It will be his first action since suffering from plantar fascia a month ago. Bryant, a wide receiver, returned to practice for the first time Tuesday and is working on regaining his conditioning.

"Other than that, my foot feels fine," he said.

Bryant hasn't played since the Vanderbilt game. He has just two catches for 52 yards this season but has played too much to qualify for a medical redshirt, Richt said.

"At times, it's frustrating," Bryant said, "but the little experience I got it still a big help for me."

PRACTICE REPORT: Richt told his team he was taking them to the Ramsey Center for conditioning drills on Thursday. Instead, after the team warmed up for the drills, he told them they were going swimming at the facility's pool. It's the second time in two years Richt has let the team go swimming one day during its off week.

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