Florida Week: Tuesday News and Notes

ATHENS - Florida defensive end Jeremy Mincey isn't going to lie. The Gators are relieved to see Georgia backup quarterback Joe Tereshinski instead of D.J. Shockley.

"Honestly, yes, we feel a lot better," Mincey said. "This other guy is not a mobile quarterback, so we're not too worried about the scrambling threat. It would be a lot easier to contain and get some pressure on him (instead of Shockley) stepping out of the pocket and running everywhere and having to chase him down. So it's a sense of relief."

Mincey leads the Gators in tackles (44) and tackles for loss (7.5).

ALL THE HELP: Until this week, Georgia hasn't taken any players that couldn't play to a road game. That will change for the trip to Jacksonville, Fla., as both quarterback D.J. Shockley and defensive tackle Kedric Golston will go even though they won't dress out to play.

"We're going to travel Shockley and Kedric because of their leadership ability," Richt said. "They can't lead on the field, but they can bethere the day before, the day of and while it's happening."

Georgia's coaches considered naming both players captains.

"That's what we think of them as leaders on our team," Richt said.

EARLY BIRDS: If the Bulldogs beat Florida and clinch the SEC East title, it will be the earliest date any team has clinched one of the conference's divisions. It will beat what Auburn did last year and Alabama did in 1993 by one day.

TURNOVER BATTLE: Georgia has fallen to sixth in the country in what Richt calls "the most important stat in football" -- turnover ratio (plus-1.29 per game). Saturday's opponent, the Florida Gators, is second in the country with a plus-1.86 ratio. The Bulldogs have caused 20 turnovers and given away 11. The Gators have caused 21 and given up only eight.

"The No. 1 thing is we teach everyone the same ball security," Florida coach Urban Meyer said. "I've been on staffs before where each position coach teaches it different. We place a premium on ball security with our players. We practice it and we work it and we're fortunate to have had good players who protect the ball."

THIS AND THAT: Center Russ Tanner returned to practice Tuesday after missing Monday due to a very minor knee injury. ... Defensive tackle Dale Dixson was downgraded from questionable to doubtful. ...Quarterback Blake Barnes will back up Joe Tereshinski this week and come into the game if Tereshinski is hurt, Richt said. Joe Cox will be the emergency quarterback. ... The Bulldogs raised $6,000 for Hurricane Katrina relief in their first week of auctioning signed memorabilia. The auction still is ongoing at www.georgiadogs.com.


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