Chick-fil-A Bowl: Dec. 21 News and Notes

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

NO POACHING: Neil Callaway, who has taken the UAB head coaching job, will not hire any of Georgia's coaches for his Blazers' staff, he said Thursday.

He did, though, hire two former UGA graduate assistants, Will Friend to coach offensive line and Tyson Summers to coach linebackers.

"It's been pretty hectic," Callaway said of the four days since he accepted the job. "My main focus has been to finish up here and make sure we're prepared to play in the bowl game and secondly trying to get things lined up over there."

INJURY UPATE: Starting tight end Martrez Milner has returned to practice in a limited role and should play in the bowl game, Richt said Thursday.

Offensive tackle Michael Turner (illness) has been out for a week but is expected to be available for the game. Defensive tackle Ray Gant (foot) is limited but also is expected to be ready. Third-string tight end Coleman Watson (groin) is questionable.

Place-kicker Brandon Coutu (hamstring), who will be playing for the first time since September, has hit 50-yard kicks in practice this week, so his range is no longer a question.

PRACTICE REPORT: The Bulldogs practiced for the final time in Athens on Thursday. The team worked out for 90 minutes before breaking for the holiday.

The practice ended with a conditioning period, although a shorter one than planned thanks to junior guard Chester Adams, who sang a Christmas song to help shorten his teammates' running requirements.

Georgia's players will gather again Monday night in Atlanta and hold their first Chick-fil-A Bowl practice on Tuesday morning in the Georgia Dome.

STRANGLEY SIMILAR: The last time prior to this year that Georgia lost to Kentucky and Vanderbilt in the same season was 1973. That year, the Bulldogs rallied to beat Auburn and Georgia Tech before ending the year in the Peach Bowl.

That team beat No. 18 Maryland. This year's team, fresh off wins over Auburn and Georgia Tech will be playing No. 14 Virginia Tech. If the Bulldogs do it, they will become the first team in school history to beat three ranked teams in a row.


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