Tech Week: Thursday News and Notes

ATHENS - News and notes from Georgia's practices.

GOOD TIMING: Not that his team needed a wake-up call or anything, but Richt was glad just the same to see Georgia Tech upset No. 3 Miami 14-10on Saturday.

"In a way, it was probably good to see Georgia Tech whip up on Miami to keep us from having any thoughts of looking ahead," he said. "It never hurts to have the opponent you're about to play play a game that gets the nation's attention, but by now means would we have taken this game lightly."

Linebacker Danny Verdun Wheeler was one of the many Bulldogs who caught at least part of the Jackets' game on television last week.

"I was pulling for Tech," he said. "I want them to bring their A game to play us. I don't want no excuses."

HAPPY THANKSGIVING: The Bulldogs practiced early Thursday and then were released for the holiday. They are required to be back in Athens today for a final practice in preparation for Saturday's game.

Players who live too far out of town to travel back and forth in one day usually head home with teammates and coaches for the day. Defensive end Charles Johnson, not wanting to make the round trip drive to Hawkinsville, said he planned to spend Thanksgiving at defensive line coach Rodney Garner's house.

The most hospitable person of all may be DeMario Minter's mother. Minter, who is the nephew by marriage of cornerback Tim Jennings, brings home several people for the holiday, including 350-pound offensive lineman Max Jean-Gilles.

"He eats and eats and eats," Minter said. "You have to tell him to slow down. We've got a game. You don't want him to be too sluggish."

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