UAB Week: Wednesday News and Notes

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's news and notes from Georgia's fall pracitces.

PRACTICE REPORT: Georgia practiced for more than an hour on the basketball courts at the university's student athletic center Wednesday afternoon while a light rain fell outside.

"The forecast gave me an excuse to go inside," Coach Mark Richt said. "The rain really didn't keep us off the field as much as I wanted to make sure our legs are fresh. I felt like we were struggling a little bit."

The fact there is a 12th regular season game this year played a part in Richt's decision, he said.

"I was thinking, ‘We've got 11 (games) in a row, and we look tired today. What are we going to be four weeks for now, five weeks from now?'" Richt said. "If we had an open date in a week or two, I might not have done it."

Offensive tackle Michael Turner (ankle) is "questionable, at best," Richt said. Offensive guard Seth Watts (knee) is probable.

Defensive coordinator Willie Martinez said after practice that he won't decide until Friday if Ramarcus Brown or Flowers will start at cornerback against UAB.

MYSTERY MAN: Tripp Taylor never expected to play this year so the fact that no one can figure out who he is now doesn't bother him a bit.

Taylor, a freshman walk-on from Woodstock, won the job of Wham back in the fall, meaning he's the extra blocking back when the Bulldogs use their jumbo formation in short-yardage situations. He has appeared in both games this year, once wearing No. 44 and once wearing No. 98. During the week, Taylor spends most of his time as a defensive tackle.

"He's made a name for himself," defensive line coach Rodney Garner said. "I think the kids respect him as being a tough kid."

Taylor, 6-foot-1, 270 pounds, isn't concerned that there are no plays where the Wham back gets a chance to score, he said.

"That's not me," he said. "I just want to play and hit people. I don't care about scoring and looking good and all of that."

BOLD STATEMENT: Consider UAB coach Watson Brown impressed by Georgia's 18-0 shutout of South Carolina.

"This is maybe the best defense I've played in 12 years here," Brown said Wednesday, "and I just finished playing Oklahoma."

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