08/25/2007 Georgia News and Notes

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's news and notes from Georgia's fall practices.

INJURY UPDATE: True freshman linebacker Charles White, the third string middle linebacker, was on crutches Saturday evening after suffering a foot injury that will hurt his chances of playing this season. White still could play this season if Georgia has injuries at linebacker, Richt said.

Senior wide receiver Sean Bailey didn't finish the second practice after suffering a hard fall and having the "wind knocked out of him at least," Richt said.

"He's fine," Richt said. "I think there's a good chance he'll be back Monday full speed."

Backup strongside linebacker Akeem Dent suffered a concussion in Saturday evening's practice.

STILL A FIGHT: Although Richt has said he has a narrow lead in the punting competition, true freshman Drew Butler isn't taking anything for granted.

"They haven't told us anything," Butler said. "They haven't told us when they're going to tell us. They haven't told us who it's going to be. We don't know if it's going to be a minute before game time or anything."

Butler and Dublin native Brian Mimbs both are anxious, Butler said.

"We both want to know what the deal is," he said. "Time's running out. It's been nerve wracking because you've worked hard all summer. You've worked hard through camp and you just kind of want to know the results."

The waiting game actually is part of the coaches' plan, Richt said.

"We're definitely trying to put pressure on them. How do you simulate pressure on a kicker?" Richt said. "We've got to try to put some pressure on them somehow and a part of it is the mystery I suppose knowing that every kick counts."

MORE KICKING: The kickoff job still is wide open, Richt said. Starting place-kicker Brandon Coutu, senior Andy Bailey and walk-ons Ben Wilson and Bo Stansell still could win the job.

Coutu wants the job but sounds doubtful he'll get it. He missed the last eight games of 2006 after injuring his leg while practicing an onsides kick.

"It's not me being cautious, that's all I can say about that," Coutu said.

PLAYING WEIGHT: Redshirt freshman Reshad Jones hasn't moved up the depth chart in practice,but he plans to make a big impression come game time. Jones, who is playing behind CJ Byrd at free safety, put on 22 pounds since signing with the Bulldogs out of Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta and now weighs 205 pounds.

"I know a lot of people know about me, but I want to make a name for myself across the country," Jones said.


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