South Carolina Week - Tuesday News and Notes

ATHENS - News and notes from Georgia's practices.

QB ELITE: Saturday's game will feature the quarterbacks who are Nos. 1 and 2 in the nation. South Carolina's Blake Mitchell leads the country, and D.J. Shockley is No. 2, just ahead of USC's Matt Leinart, No. 3, and Texas' Vince Young, No. 4.

"I think it's ironic that it's happened that way," Richt said. "It just goes to show you how important they are to their offenses."

Mitchell, who was 18 of 23 for 330 yards and three touchdowns, accounted for 89 percent of his team's offense against Central Florida. Shockley, who threw for 298 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 85 yards, accounted for 65 percent of Georgia's yards.

Richt compared Mitchell to Shane Matthews, who played quarterback for Steve Spurrier at Florida.

"It was kind of eerie how much he looked like him," he said.

Meanwhile, Spurrier declared Shockley a Heisman Trophy candidate.

"He's trying to rattle my brain, get me to thinking I'm better than I am," Shockley said.

TOP TEN AGAIN: The Bulldogs moved from No. 13 to No. 9 in the Associated Press and USA Today coaches' polls released Tuesday. The polls normally are released on Monday but were delayed a day because the Florida State-Miami game was played Monday night.

OLD FRIENDS: One of the first people Shockley talked to after his breakout performance Saturday was former Bulldog quarterback David Greene, who now plays for the Seattle Seahawks.

"He had called me twice during the game saying how excited and proud he was," Shockley said.

When Greene and Shockley eventually talked after the game, "I really couldn't talk at first because he was talking about how excited he was about the game."

THIS AND THAT: Defensive lineman Darrius Swain (knee) did not practice Tuesday but jogged around the field. He remains questionable for Saturday's game. Linebacker Jarvis Jackson (leg) practiced in a green, no-contact jersey for part of the practice and a regular practice jersey for another part. ... Donations will be taken inside Sanford Stadium on Saturday to help the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.... Former Georgia coach Vince Dooley said he doesn't think he's as hated by Florida fans as Steve Spurrier is by Georgia fans. Why? "I never ran up the score on anybody," Dooley said.


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