Bailey could be ready for 2006 after all

MACON - Georgia senior wide receiver Sean Bailey could be ready to play in 2006 after all. Bailey said in March that the torn ACL he suffered in preparation for the Sugar Bowl would keep him out this season, but he has reconsidered.

"We want him to train and rehab and think in terms of getting ready to play," Bulldog coach Mark Richt said Wednesday at the sixth annual Pigskin Preview in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

A final decision on Bailey's status probably won't be made until the week before the Bulldogs' Sept. 2 opener against Western Kentucky.

"If he's not full speed and confident and ready to rip and snort and have a great senior year, (he won't play)," Richt said. "We want him to have a great senior year, whether it's this year or next year."

Sean Bailey is running well straight ahead but not making cuts yet, senior quarterback Joe Tereshinski said. Bailey had 16 catches for 354 yards last year and made two touchdown grabs in the SEC Championship Game.

SAY WHAT?: Who's the most underrated player on Georgia's football team?

"I don't know if he's the most underrated guy, but he's a very underrated guy for us, that's Marcus Howard," Richt said Wednesday. "He's not a youngster, but he's a guy who's really grown into that defensive end position. He's not real tall, but he's so powerful and fast. He's really going to help us."

Howard, a junior who moved from linebacker to defensive end prior to the 2005 season, had 24 tackles and 1.5 sacks last year.

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