Georgia Notes on NMSU game

ATHENS, Ga. - Since spring, when Shedrick Wynn first learned that he would be suspended for the first three games this season, he knew Saturday's New Mexico State game would be his first opportunity to play.

A violation of team rules, which Wynn confirmed Saturday concerned academics, led to the suspension, which was not made public until a few weeks ago. Wynn couldn't play against Clemson, South Carolina or Northwestern State, but he made sure he would be ready when his long-awaited opportunity arrived.

"He has been a hard worker,'' said Coach Mark Richt Saturday. "He had a tremendous summer.''

Wynn, a junior from Lincoln County, quickly made up for lost time by recording the first two quarterback sacks of his career. "It was tough the last three games, watching my teammates go out and have a great time, knowing I couldn't help them,'' Wynn said. Wynn played behind David Pollack, who recorded three sacks, and the two suddenly make defensive end look like a strength on the team as Georgia prepares to visit Alabama next Saturday.

Wynn signed with Georgia in 1999 as an end but moved to defensive tackle to help address a depth problem there. Now he thinks he is back at end for good. "I'm trying to let coaches see what I can do,'' Wynn said.

  • Debuts: As expected, freshman receivers Mario Raley and Bryan McClendon saw their first action of the season. McClendon caught a pass from David Greene for 21 yards in the third quarter. Raley could not hang onto a pass from Cory Phillips over the middle in the fourth quarter.
  • Veal held out: Defensive line coach Rodney Garner continues to administer his own discipline, using playing time and starting jobs as leverage with his players. Last week, defensive tackle Johnathan Sullivan was denied the start against Northwestern State. Ken Veal started ahead of Sullivan against Northwestern State. Sullivan was back with the first string Saturday, but Veal did not play. "(Veal) got in trouble with his boss, Coach Garner,'' Richt said. "It's just for this game.''
  • For starters: Freshman Darrius Swain received his first start, replacing fellow freshman Kedric Golston at nose tackle. Swain moved up after recording seven tackles against Northwestern State last week. Also, for the second straight week Sean Jones started ahead of Thomas Davis at free safety and Will Thompson started ahead of Robert Geathers at defensive end.
  • Injuries: Starting linebacker Chris Clemons suffered a sprained left ankle and did not play in the second half. The injury is not thought to be serious, and there were no other injuries reported after the game.
  • Listen on the road: The Georgia radio network is adding a new feature for road games. Beginning with next Saturday's 3:30 p.m. ET game at Alabama, the Georgia broadcast with Larry Munson can be heard on a FM frequency that can be heard only within the stadium. Information about where to tune in while attending road games can be found on the internet at www.wsbradio.com. The new feature will not affect the normal broadcast of Georgia road games on the Georiga radio network.
  • Happy birthday: Saturday was Munson's birthday. Though he doesn't like to reveal his age, there was a birthday cake in the press box with the numbers 8 and 0 flanking a big G.
  • Worth noting: As expected, freshman offensive guard Bartley Miller was held out with a sprained knee. ... Redshirt freshman Gerald Anderson, who did not dress out last week and had not played this season, saw early playing time at defensive tackle and recorded five tackles, including one for a loss of a yard. ... Linebackers Tony Gilbert and Tony Taylor and defensive end Will Thompson each was credited with eight tackles. Boss Bailey added seven stops, according to the postgame stats which are updated by coaches on Mondays. ... Freshman cornerback Tim Jennings posted his first fumble recovery.

Charles Odum is the beat writer for Dawg Post in Athens. He has over 20 years of experience covering Georgia football. He can be reached here: CEOdum@aol.com

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