Oklahoma State Week: Tuesday News and Notes

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

VETERAN PUNTER: Dublin's Brian Mimbs will kick the first punt of the season for the Bulldogs. After that, who knows.

True freshman Drew "Butler will be on the ready," Richt said. "I say that not because we think Mimbs is shaky, but it's just really been a real close competition. When the competition is that close, you can begin competing in ball games and not just in practice."

Two weeks ago, Butler had a slight lead, but Mimbs, a junior, has increased his consistencyand decreased his operation time, the amount of time it takes him to kick the ball from the time it touches his hand, Richt said.

"This is not over by any stretch of the imagination," Mimbs said.

YOUTH MOVEMENT: As many as seven true freshmen will play Saturday, Richt said. When you add redshirt freshmen to the mix, Georgia could play as many as 20 first-year players, he said.

"That bodes well for the future, I hope," Richt said.

The true fres hmen expected to play are Sturdivant, linebacker Rennie Curran, tight end BruceFiggins and offensive lineman Clint Boling. Cornerback Vance Cuff, offensive lineman Justin Anderson and Butler also may get snaps.

CHANGE OF THOUGHT: The kickoff rules that push the kicker back 5 yards to the 30-yard line have resulted in a change in one of Richt's most enduring traits.

For six seasons, the Bulldogs always have chosen to kick off first when they win the pre-game coin toss. From now on, Georgia will take the ball in the first half if its wins the toss, Richt said.

TRAVELING LEGEND: Vince Dooley will miss his first Georgia home opener since 1963 on Saturday because he'll be in Ruston, La., for son Derek's first game as Louisiana Tech head coach. That decision was essentially made by his wife Barbara.

"There was no doubt where she was going to be," Dooley said. "I had bit of a dilemma, and then she said you need to be there for your son."

That was the end of the discussion, Dooley said. Dooley was the Bulldogs' coach from 1964-1988 and athletics director from 1979-2004.

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