Chick-fil-A Bowl: Off Week News and Notes

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's news and notes the week before Georgia's Chick-fil-A Bowl practices start.

POSITION CHANGE: Offensive linemen Chris Davis, who redshirted this season, will be playing center soon, he said.

"I think I'm being moved to center, and (Kevin) Perez is being moved to guard," Davis said. "It's not in stone yet. They'll fiddle around with it in spring, but the word on the street is I'm probably moving to center."

Georgia is losing starting center Nick Jones to graduation, and Jones' heir apparent, Ian Smith, is in danger of being dismissed from school and/or the team after a second alcohol-related arrest.

Davis, 6-foot-3, 292 pounds, came to Georgia from Jefferson as a guard.

"I've heard it takes a lot more to play center, but I like challenges," he said. "It'll be hard, but what's not hard in college football?"

STRONG CLASS: Scout.com released its first team recruiting rankings this week, and Georgia came in third, behind only Texas and Florida.

The Bulldogs have verbal commitments from 23 players and could add as many as five or six more since several of their commitments will join the team in time for spring practice.

"It's a fantastic class from top to bottom," said Miller Safrit, Scout.com's South recruiting analyst. "It's got a little bit of everything. There really aren't that many kids on there that you say, ‘What were they doing taking that guy?'"

Georgia's class has just one player, Norcross running back Caleb King, rated five stars by Scout.com, but has 11 four-star players.

ROOTING FOR GATORS?: Gant admits he had mixed emotions when he saw rival Florida end up No. 2 in the BCS standings and slated to play for the national championship.

"I'm happy for the SEC, put it that way," he said. "I'm not happy for Florida, I'm happy for the SEC. If somebody's going to win it, I hope it's our conference."

The Gators, who beat Georgia 21-14 on Oct. 28, will play Ohio State in the BCS title game in January. Gant won't say who he thinks will win the game.

"I've got an inkling of how it's going to play out," he said. "I can't (say), Coach Richt would kill me."


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