W. Carolina Week: Monday News and Notes

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

SOUTHERN CONFERENCE POWER: Twice on Monday alone, Jeff Owens heard about Appalachian State's upset of Michigan earlier this season, he said. Western Carolina, the Bulldogs' opponent this week, is in the same conference as the Mountaineers, he said.

Did anyone mention Western Carolina has lost its last 11 games?

"No, they didn't," he said.

Owens expects to hear plenty more about Appalachian State this week.

"We just have to come out focused and bring our ‘A' game," he said. "We're going to have to try to play our best game of the year. We know they're going to come out here ready to rock and roll and try to make their season off this game."

LARGE, IN CHARGE: Defensive tackle Kade Weston held onto his starting job against South Carolina and made the most of opportunity. On the verge of being replaced in the starting lineup by Geno Atkins, Weston four tackles, including 2.5 for a loss, and a sack against the Gamecocks.

"He did better," Coach Mark Richt said. "I did like what I saw. He really asserted himself and played as big as he is."

OLD HOME WEEK: Georgia's Vince Vance and Corvey Irvin had a reunion with South Carolina's Jasper and Casper Brinkley after the Gamecocks' 16-12 win. The former GMC teammates had nothing but kind words, Vance said.

"At GMC, it was a lot harder, so it's all love, believe me," Vance said.

INJURY UPDATE: Owens and Weston were in green, no-contact jerseys Monday with minor injuries. Fullback Jason Johnson sat out with a thumb injury.

TV TIME: Georgia's Sept. 15 game against Nick Saban and Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., will kick off either at 3:30 p.m. or 7:45 p.m. CBS has elected to use one of its six-day selection options and will announce next Monday whether it plans to show the Bulldogs vs. the Crimson Tide or South Carolina vs. LSU in its 3:30 time slot. The other game will be televised by ESPN at 7:45 p.m.

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