Tennessee Week: Wednesday News and Notes

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

FRESHMEN SURGERIES: True freshmen Na Derris Ward and Brandon Wood, both of whom were headed for redshirt seasons anyway, had season-ending surgery this week. Ward, a tight end, had his a shoulder joint repaired, and Wood, a defensive lineman, had a torn labrum. Neither will be cleared for contact this spring.

FOND MEMORIES?: Tennessee receiver Robert Meachem says he can count on two things in a Georgia game – lots of trash talking and lots of physical play.

"When you're up, they're not saying too much," Meachem said. "When they're up, they're all in your face. They're going to talk and they're going to hit you, and they're going to do it all in a respectful way. They're not going to cheap shot you. They're going to hit you, and they're going to help you up. And, at times, they might help you up and say, ‘This is where you're going to be all day.'"

THIS AND THAT: Defensive tackle Marquis Elmore (neck) is questionable for Saturday. Richt expects offensive tackle Michael Turner to play, he said. … True freshman Asher Allen will be Georgia's starting nickel back Saturday. He'll be backed up by true freshman Prince Miller. … Tennessee tackle Arron Sears and guard Anthony Parker still haven't practiced this week. Volunteers coach Phil Fulmer thinks Sears will play but isn't as sure about Parker, he said Wednesday. … Kickoff for Saturday's game is tentatively scheduled for 7:52 p.m. but could be pushed back five minutes.

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