Richt wants Chandler to work on blocking

ATHENS – As if Georgia won't have enough problems holding off Mississippi State's defensive line on Saturday, Mark Richt is a little concerned about tight end Tripp Chandler's blocking.

"He's still a second-year player, and with the physical nature of the blocking down after down after down, he's going to have to step up his game," Richt said. "He's a pretty good route runner, and he has good hands. He's just not as physical as he needs to be yet."

Chandler, a sophomore from Woodstock, will start for Georgia (5-2, 2-2 SEC) against Mississippi State (2-5, 0-3 SEC) in place of the injured Martrez Milner.

Mississippi State defensive ends Titus Brown and Michael Heard each have five sacks, which is tied for fifth in the SEC.

"These defensive ends are probably some of the best we'll face this season, but I feel pretty comfortable just based on the fact that I think Quentin (Moses) and Charles (Johnson) are pretty good defensive ends," Chandler said. "I don't imagine Mississippi State's being a great deal better than those two. I feel comfortable, I feel confident and I feel ready."

Chandler, who had four catches in the spring game, has yet to catch an official pass as a collegian.


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