Young TEs may get look

MACON – Mark Richt has not yet publicly handed out suspensions for two players involved in an off-the-field incident earlier this summer.

Backup quarterback Blake Barnes and starting tight end Tripp Chandler will both be suspended, Richt indicated, but he did not give a definitive amount for both.

"I won't deviate from our policy," Richt said today. "There is time before I have to say anything publicly. I am still thinking about it."

Richt said that it was up to "his discretion" as to if Barnes and Chandler will be suspended one or two games. The suspensions will dictate how much time younger tight ends get at the start of the season.

Richt said he was interested to see how Na Derris Ward, who redshirted last season, will deal with "the physical nature of college football." Ward has never played in a game, and his practice time has been very limited due to a shoulder injury.

"I don't know what he's going to do," Richt said of Ward. "He's really not – I don't think he's had any contact yet beyond getting knocked around a little bit in pass skeleton. Is he going to stick his nose in there and get after somebody?"

Richt said he felt that Ward's formerly injury shoulder "will be fine."

Chandler's suspension will not affect true freshman Bruce Figgins' playing status Richt said.

"I don't want it to have an effect on his career," the head coach said. "My goal is for this not to affect his career. If (Figgins) plays early it won't be because of Tripp."

Senior Coleman Watson is listed as the backup tight end on Georgia's depth chart.

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