Vanderbilt Week: Thursday News and Notes

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

GUESS WHO?: Richt did not name a starting tailback Thursday, the last day he speaks to the media on game weeks. Kregg Lumpkin started last week and ran well but blocked poorly enough to give Thomas Brown a chance to retake the starting job.

"It's really back to the same old story," Richt said. "They're both No. 1 guys, really and truly. Probably the bigger question is how much work (Danny Ware) will get. Hopefully, he'll get more work."

Ware didn't play against Tennessee last week.

TROPICAL PARADISE: Richt and West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez will serve as co-coaches for one team during January's Hula Bowl in Hawaii, it was announced Thursday.

"We'll see if I can learn something," Richt joked, a reference to the Mountaineers' 38-35 victory over Georgia in last year's Sugar Bowl.

Richt will get to take three of his assistant coaches and chose associate head coach John Eason, offensive coordinator Neil Callaway and defensive coordinator Willie Martinez.

"When I first heard that part, I was a little reluctant to take it because you worry about morale," Richt said. "I think the coaches took it pretty good. I told them this morning. Three guys were real happy; the other guys were OK."

Richt was scheduled to coach in the 2005 Hula Bowl but backed out at the last minute in a successful attempt to keep recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner from taking another job.

MCKINZEY DONE: The Bulldogs have given up on junior offensive lineman Zeb McKinzey playing again this year, and it's unclear if McKinzey will be able to play football again.

"I'd say there's a less than one percent chance (he'll be back this year)," Richt said.

McKinzey hasn't played this year due to a chronic shoulder injury. Georgia can apply for a medical redshirt season, but it's unlikely McKinzey will receive another year.

DOUBLE DUTY?: Andy Bailey, who was elevated to field goal kicker last week by Brandon Coutu's injury, probably will have to kick off this week as well. Kickoff specialist Ben Wilson did not practice Wednesday or Thursday due to an injured leg.

QUOTABLE: "Too much has been said. It's about time that we step up and start doing it. Everyone is saying stuff, but until we get out there and physically go at it, that's where it matters." – Senior quarterback Joe Tereshinski

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