Oklahoma State Week: Thursday News and Notes

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

BIG MONEY: Mark Richt tries not to covet, but it's hard when it comes to Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are the beneficiaries of the nation's biggest giver.

T. Boone Pickens, for whom the stadium is named, gave $70 million to the school in 2003, the largest single gift in school history. He then trumped that in 2005, by giving an additional $165 million.

"We just shake our head really on those type of things because it's way out of the norm," Richt said. "I guess you sit there and say, ‘What could we do with that?'"

The gifts have done as much as anything to put Oklahoma State in the national spotlight.

"That's nothing but positive energy for that program, and let's face it, that goes a long way in recruiting," Richt said. "I'm sure they are thinking they're on the verge of becoming a national power. They have the potential to do that."

ANOTHER NEWCOMER: It appears tight end Bruce Figgins will become the second true freshman in Georgia's starting lineup Saturday, joining left tackle Trinton Sturdivant.

"We still have some preparation and we'll test out, but right now, he's the leader," tight ends coach David Johnson said. "Hopefully, he won't blow a circuit between now and then."

Redshirt freshman Na Derris Ward will back up Figgins. Junior Tripp Chandler will take back the starting job when he returns from a one-game suspension, Johnson said.

PRACTICE REPORT: The Bulldogs held their final preseason workout Thursday afternoon in alight rain. The team will hold a walk-through today before heading to the team hotel to spend the night. Before practice, Richt said he expects true freshman cornerback Vance Cuff to play this year even if he doesn't play Saturday.


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