Vandy Week: Monday News and Notes

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

MAKING A CHANGE?: Vanderbilt is considering replacing starting quarterback Chris Nickson with Mackenzi Adams against the Bulldogs. Adams relieved Nickson against Auburn last week and was 4-of-9 passing for 24 yards. Nickson is 60-of-113 this season for 757 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions.

"We'll see who's playing the best and who's practicing the best," head coach Bobby Johnson said at his weekly Monday news conference. "It's harder to make a quarterback change than other positions because (quarterback) has so much preparation involved during the week. It'll be a priority to try to decide what we're going to do there, but we're not going to rush that decision either."

CLOSE EYE: Sophomore Matthew Stafford is 10-4 as the Bulldogs' starting quarterback after Saturday's, and Coach Mark Richt will watch him closely this week to make sure his confidence is not slipping, Richt said.

"I would have to think he's fine right now, but I didn't look him in the eye and try to judge that," Richt said. "You just have to (forget about ti). I don't know how many he lost in high school, but he had to deal with it last year."

After thinking back on it, Richt believes Stafford's confidence may have suffered during last year's mid-season stretch in which the Bulldogs went 1-4.


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