Chick-fil-A Bowl: Dec. 14 News and Notes

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's news and notes from Georgia's Chick-fil-A Bowl practices.

KICKING CONUNDRUM: Junior Andy Bailey, who has missed three of his eight field goal attempts this year, will kick extra points and field goals in the Chick-fil-A Bowl unless Brandon Coutu is healthy enough to take back the job, Coach Mark Richt said.

"We definitely haven't ruled anything out," Coutu said. "I'm real competitive, but we have to do what's best for my leg in the long run. The actual injury has healed. Now, it's just getting the strength in my leg."

Coutu kicked 10 mid-range field goals each on Monday and Wednesday and said his leg felt good. He missed the last seven games of the season after tearing the hamstring in his kicking leg during practice. He was 7-for-8 on field goal attempts before the injury, with his only miss coming from 53 yards.

"I think he's got a pretty good chance of kicking," Richt said. "I think he feels pretty good. I'd say if he felt good by the time we got to the bowl site (on Dec. 26), he could do it. You don't want a guy to come back before he's ready, but if he looks good and feels good, there's no reason not to have him kick."

ANOTHER LINE MOVE: Junior guard Fernando Velasco will back up center Nick Jones in the bowl game and probably will move to center full-time next year, Richt said.

The move of Velasco and freshman guard Chris Davis to center is bad news for the Ian Smith. The redshirt freshman has been suspended indefinitely after two alcohol-related arrests this year.

HEALTHY HOKIE: Virginia Tech running back Brandon Ore, who missed the Hokies' regular season finale against Virginia due to an ankle injury, is conditioning again with the team and will be ready to go against Georgia, Beamer said.

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