S. Carolina Week: Wednesday News and Notes

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

ATKINS COMING ON: Defensive tackle Kade Weston played well Saturday, but there's no guarantee he'll hold onto his starting job, line coach Rodney Garner said.

That's because Geno Atkins may have played better. Atkins had three tackles and all three were for a loss. He also had one sack and three quarterback pressures.

"I don't know about (the starters) right now," Garner said. "Geno played a really good game.He was very productive, and I think that's the good things about it, they all know anybody can be the guy. It's based on performance. It's a bottom-line business."

Weston had two tackles, and Owens had one.

KIND GESTURE: Defensive end Marcus Howard will wear Antavious Coates' No. 17 in Saturday's game to honor Coates, Richt said Wednesday. Coates, who had to give up football after before the season after his fourth knee surgery, also will be an honorary captain for the Bulldogs.

"(Howard) asked if he could do it, and I said no problem," Richt said.

Howard and Coates both are South Carolina natives.

SLOWING DOWN: Georgia's coaches went into Wednesday night planning to slim down their game plan after a sloppy afternoon practice.

"Some things haven't looked good the last couple days so we'll try to simplify it a little bit and just see if we can execute well," Richt said.

POSITION CHANGE: Brandon Wood has been moved back to defensive end from defensive tackle.

"He wanted to move back out and when he asked, we said, ‘Yeah,'" Richt said.


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