Off-Week: Wednesday News and Notes

ATHENS - News and Notes from Georgia's practices.

Linebacker Brandon Miller expected to play against Florida but never saw the field due to a left ankle sprain that didn't heal as quickly as he had hoped.

"Now they're saying it was a high ankle sprain," Miller said.

The sophomore said he thinks he could have played some against the Gators, but he was held out and he won't practice any this week to allow the ankle to heal. He's confident he'll be ready to go against Auburn, he said.

"I have to play," he said. "I can't be standing on the sidelines anymore."

Safety Greg Blue also is sitting out this week for precautionary reasons. He injured his hamstring in the first quarter of the Florida game but played the rest of the game.

"I was in pain," he said. "It was hurting me real bad. Sunday and Monday I was real tight, but it's feeling much better."

Blue expects to be back at practice next week, he said.

Running back Kregg Lumpkin (shoulder) and fullback Tony Milton (bruised knee) were in green jerseys Wednesday.

SHOCKLEY UPDATE: Quarterback D.J. Shockley took part Wednesday in his first scout team work since suffering his sprained MCL, and he reported no setbacks with his knee.

"Each and every day you can feel improvement," he said.

REINED IN: Among the statistics that bug Richt is this: Georgia's stable of talented sophomore tailbacks has only one run for 25 or more yards between them. That run was a 28-yard jaunt by Danny Ware in the first quarter against Louisiana-Monroe.

"We haven't had any breakaway runs, and we have gotten them on the perimeter some," Richt said. "I'd like to see one of them make a safety miss and make a big run or break a tackle and make a big run."

NATIONAL HONORS: Richt and Shockley, respectively, were named Wednesday as national semifinalists for the Maxwell Football Club's coach of the year and player of the year awards. Each award has 12 semifinalists.

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