Auburn Week: Wednesday News and Notes

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

LAST CHANCE?: It's been an up-and-down senior year for defensive tackle Ray Gant, but he's back in the starting lineup now as his college career nears its end. Gant is expected to start Saturday for the first time since the Mississippi State game and just the fourth time all year.

"It hurt a little bit (not to start)," he said, "but I wasn't healthy and guys were performing better than I was. I wasn't bitter. I was more upset with myself."

Gant had four tackles against Kentucky, which matched his total from the previous three games. He has only 12 for the season, but hopes to go out on a high note.

"I told Coach Richt the other day, regardless of what happens with the NFL or my future playing football, I'm looking at these last two games like they're the last two I'll ever play," he said.

POSTIVE ATTITUDE: Wide receiver Demiko Goodman was just as surprised as everyone else to find out he had a torn ACL, he said. Goodman played for more than three quarters last week after suffering the injury.

"It's crazy," Goodman said. "I didn't know it was that serious. I just got out there and did my best. I got some tough points for that. I surprised myself."

Goodman had 13 catches for 187 yards. He promised to be back in time for the season-opener next season.

"It's frustrating, but everything happens for a reason," he said. "Some good will come out of it. I think I'll even get faster."

STILL ON THE FIELD: Demoted place-kicker Andy Bailey will remain as Georgia's kickoff specialist, kicker Brian Mimbs said.

BOWL BUSINESS: Chick-fil-A Bowl representative Leeman Bennett doesn't like Georgia's chances to get to his bowl after the Bulldogs' loss to Kentucky.

"We've had our eyes on the Bulldogs all season, but a tough loss at Kentucky may have all but eliminated Georgia from our picture this year," Bennett wrote in team selection blog released by the bowl. "Georgia will probably have to win both (against Auburn and Georgia Tech) to be in line for our game."

The Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn., the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn., and the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., remain the most likely destinations for Georgia. No matter the status of the bowl the Bulldogs are invited to, they will attend, Richt said.

"Unless one of my bosses tells me we're not," he said.

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