SEC MEDIA DAYS: Day Three News and Notes

BIRMINGHAM – Josh Kendall's news and notes from the final day of Media Days.

FEELING FOR THURMAN: Richt has tried to reach out to former Monticello linebacker Odell Thurman this offseason, but both cell phone numbers he had were out of date, he said. On Thursday, Thurman's bid for reinstatement into the NFL was denied. The Cincinnati Bengals linebacker missed all of 2006 after skipping a drug test and then being arrested for drunk driving.

"I'd love to talk to Odell," Richt said. "I really like Odell. I just pray that he gets everything straight, and takes advantage of the blessings God has given him in his talent. But like I tell our players, once you make a mistake, you lose control of the consequences."

STILL HURTING: Senior safety Kelin Johnson plans to pay respects to former teammate Avery Atkins in some way this season. Atkins and Johnson were teammates in youth football and at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Atkins, who played at the University of Florida as a freshman but left the team after a domestic battery charge, died earlier this month in his car of unknown circumstances.

"He was like a brother to me," Johnson said.

THIS AND THAT: There still is no resolution on the status of Vance Cuff, a cornerback signee from Moultrie who has had issues being approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse, Richt said Friday. Georgia's players report on Aug. 3. … Richt still is waiting to decide on a final punishment for starting tight end Tripp Chandler and third-team quarterback Blake Barnes, he said. The players are facing at least a suspension of at least 1.2 games after alcohol-related arrests this offseason. … Georgia may begin working on its first opponent earlier this year than in the past, Richt said. The Bulldogs, who play Oklahoma State on Sept. 1 in Sanford Stadium, traditionally use their final 10 preseason practices to prepare for the first game.

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