W. Kentucky Week: Monday News and Notes

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's news and notes from the Monday pratice for the week of the Western Kentucky game.

INJURY UPDATE: Senior defensive tackle Ray Gant (shoulder) returned to practice in a very limited role Monday and pronounced himself ready to play against Western Kentucky.

"I think it looks good for Saturday," he said. "Nobody wants to miss a game, especially in his last year."

Gant hadn't met with team doctors as of Monday evening, but he bench-pressed 315 pounds earlier in the day and felt strong, he said.

Cornerback Bryan Evans (knee), wide receiver Demiko Goodman (hip flexor) and fullback Des Williams (knee) also returned to practice. Goodman will be ready to play Saturday. Evans and Williams are questionable.

"I'm not 100 percent, but right now I feel I can at least give the team a little bit of help Saturday," Evans said.

NO OVERLOOKING: Richt made it clear Monday that he expects the Bulldogs to treat the Division I-AA Hilltoppers the same as they would any opponent.

"We're playing Western Kentucky, and we're going to play as hard as we can play, and if they don't we'll take their (butt) out of the game," he said. "That's all there is to that."

BUSY SIGNAL: Richt tried twice Monday to talk to former Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley and congratulate Shockley on making the Atlanta Falcons' roster. The first call came at 7:15 a.m. and the second came during the Bulldogs' quarterback meeting in the afternoon.

Both went unanswered.

"He's big-time now. He doesn't have to answer the phone from me or Coach Bobo anymore," Richt said. "No, really, we're just thrilled to death for him. That's great, great news."

WHAT REPEAT?: In the minds of the fan base, Georgia officially begins defense of its 2005 SEC Championship on Saturday afternoon. Coach Mark Richt thinks differently, though.

"I don't look at it as repeating," he said. "Every season you are starting from scratch, it's brand new. If (the 2005 title) meant a lot to people we would be the preseason pick to win the conference, and nobody believes that. Every year it's a tough road, but every year I believe we're going to be in that battle."

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