Boise State Week - Thursday News and Notes

ATHENS - News and notes from Georgia's practices.

FAMILIAR FACE: Former Georgia coach Ray Goff was one of six new members added to the voting rolls of the new Harris Interactive poll, which will be part of the BCS equation. The poll had to find replacements after six original members pulled out of the group. Four of those, including former South Carolina coach Lou Holtz, were asked to disassociate from the poll by ESPN, their employeer.

STAYING FOCUSED: Saturday will be the first time most Georgia fans get to see the team's new $4-million scoreboard. It will be the first time the Bulldogs have played with the main video screen in operation. That could pose a problem if the players let their eyes wander.

Running back Thomas Brown remembers being taken aback during a game at Arkansas last year when he saw a close-up of himself on the Razorbacks' state-of-the-art video board.

"I looked up and was surprised to see my face right there," he said. "It caught me off guard."

PRACTICE REPORT: The Bulldogs worked out for almost 90 minutes Thursday in their final practice before Saturday's opener.

"We had a better dress rehearsal today, less mistakes (than Wednesday)" Richt said. "I feel like we're prepared as good as we can be at this point."

Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi is healthy enough to play and "might play," Richt said.

TIME TO SHINE?: In Richt's first four seasons, the Bulldogs' defense ranked in the nation's top 20 in points allowed and has carried the offense along on more than one occasion. This year, Georgia has a veteran offensive line, a senior quarterback, three starter-quality tailbacks, and questions on defense.

Does that mean it's time for Richt's side of the ball to shoulder the load?

"Every time we've said that, the defense has still saved the day," he said. "Until something different happens in a game, I'm sticking with that."

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