Mississippi State Week - Wednesday News and Notes

ATHENS - News and notes from Georgia's practices.

PRACTICE REPORT: Wide receiver Sean Bailey (shoulder) practiced in a green jersey Wednesday but still is expected to play against Mississippi State. Whether he starts or not is another question. If Bailey doesn't start, freshman Kenneth Harris will take his place, Richt said.

Richt was disappointed with the play of his offense after a two-hour workout Wednesday.

"I thought we had mistakes by players and coaches that weren't really good," he said. "Our one-minute offense was almost comical, if you weren't the head coach."

FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT: Croom knew it was going to be tough to turn around Mississippi State's program. He didn't realize how tough, though. Sixteen players were either dismissed or left the team voluntarily in Croom's first 18 months on the job.

"That hill has turned into a mountain since I've been here," he said.

"We've got a long way to go. I'm satisfied as long as we're moving forward. Some days, it's inches; some days, it may be a yard or so.

We still have a long way to go."

The first step is recruiting but even that is an uphill battle for Mississippi State.

"Starkville's not for everybody," Croom said. "We look for that guy who wants to be in a family atmosphere, who wants to be a name and not a number. It's important to us that they want to be here."

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