ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia associate athletics director for ticket perations Freddy Jones says the Bulldogs' next two home games will approach record lows for the number of visiting fans at Sanford Stadium.
Though both Saturday's 1 p.m. game against Northwestern State and the Sept. 28 home game against New Mexico State are sellouts, Jones said neither visiting team claimed more than 400 tickets.
Jones said he thought the 400 tickets taken by Northwestern State - including 300 complimentary tickets - was a record low for a visiting team. Then Jones discovered that New Mexico State took only 300 tickets, including 250 comps.
Said Jones: "It's a credit to the Georgia people to sell out both of those games.''
Selling out all six of its home games, Georgia ranked sixth in the nation in home attendance in 2001 with an average of 86,520. It apparently will match that sellout average this season, though Vanderbilt returned some tickets to its Oct. 19 game in Athens, and those tickets ($32) are on sale.
Shockley surgery a success: Georgia director of sports medicine Ron Courson said quarterback D.J. Shockley's foot surgery Tuesday was a success. Shockley had a surgical pin inserted in the side of his foot to assist the healing of a broken fifth metatarsal bone - the bone that leads to the little toe.
Courson said the out-patient procedure lasted about 15 minutes. Shockley is expected to miss four to six weeks while recovering from the injury.
Phillips back in QB plans: A starter in four games two years ago, Cory Phillips appeared set to spend the 2002 season watching David Greene and Shockley share the quarterback position.
Those plans have changed.
With Shockley out for four to six weeks with a broken bone in his left foot, Phillips again is the top backup and so has been much busier in practice this week as No. 8 Georgia prepares for Saturday's visit from Northwestern State.
"It's a good feeling, but again you don't want it to come like this, with a comrade going down,'' Phillips said Tuesday.
"Anytime you get in there and practice, it's a little different. I hadn't been taking too many snaps lately.''
Phillips played in nine games with the four starts as a fill-in for the injured Quincy Carter in 2000.
Pollack a young captain: The weekly honor of serving as a team captain normally is reserved for upperclassmen. Due to his leadership and strong play, however, sophomore defensive end David Pollack was one of our captains named by Richt Tuesday for Saturday's game against Northwestern State.
The other captains will be offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb, linebacker Tony Gilbert and punter Jonathan Kilgo.
"It's the first time since I've been here we've had a sophomore be a captain,'' Richt said. "... We try to stick with the seniors only.''
Towns suffers knee injury: Senior wide receiver Kirby Towns, who missed the entire 2001 season after suffering an injury to his left knee, left practice on crutches after injuring his right knee in practice Tuesday.
Towns, from Oconee County High School, did not play in Georgia's first two games. He is a third-generation player at Georgia, following Olympic gold medallist Forrest "Spec'' Towns (1936-37) and his father, Bobby Towns (1957-59).
Meanwhile, tight end Ben Watson, who suffered a slight concussion in the South Carolina game, participated in Tuesday's practice.