Sugar Bowl: 12/31 News and Notes

ATLANTA - News and note from Georgia's from Georgia's Sugar Bowl practices.

CHANGE OF PLANS: Georgia will "re-address" its pre- and post-game plans for the Sugar Bowl in light of what happened Friday night at the Peach Bowl, Richt said. Several LSU and Miami players were involved in a fight after that game when some players from each team tried to exit through the same tunnel.

"That's always a concern for us," Richt said. "We'll need to re-address it and make sure we're squared away."

When the Bulldogs played LSU in the Georgia Dome last month, the two teams entered and exited the field at separate sites.

"I don't know who was in the wrong spot (at the Peach Bowl)," Richt said.

END OF THE ROAD: Northside graduate Will Thompson will wrap up one of the longest Georgia careers in recent memory in the Sugar Bowl. Thompson, a starting defensive end, signed with the Bulldogs in 2000 and redshirted that season. He then was awarded a rare sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA because an ankle injury cost him the entire 2003 season.

The Sugar Bowl will be his 38th game and 25th start overall.

"When you look back, it just looks like it flashes by, but I enjoyed my time here," he said.

Thompson has 20 tackles and five sacks this season. The best game of his career was his only other appearance in the Sugar Bowl, when he had five tackles and two sacks against Florida State.

"I really haven't thought about that," he said. "I just have to go all out my last game."

MOVING DAY: West Virginia is packing its bags and getting out of town tonight. The Mountaineers are leaving their downtown Atlanta hotel for a quieter spot outside the city on the night before the game.

The Bulldogs will not move, instead staying in the heart of the action at the Omni Hotel.

"(Moving) is not a bad idea," Richt said. "I never really thought to do it, but maybe in the future we will. It looks like our hotel is getting real busy. What's happening is you've got a game day atmosphere because of LSU-Miami, too. There's a lot of traffic around our area."

NEW ROOMMATE: This year's bowl trip is an entirely new experience for Georgia center Russ Tanner. It's his first trip as a married man, and the team rules allow him to bring wife Shelley to the game as a member of the official team party.

"I'd much rather room with her than with (Ryan) Schnetzer," Tanner said.

QUOTABLE: "That's my type of game. I love to tackle people. Everybody love their stats so the running game is a plus for me." – Georgia safety Greg Blue on West Virginia's running game


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