Vandy Week: Wednesday News and Notes

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

BULLET DODGED: The rain that forced Georgia's Tuesday practice inside may have saved the players a few bumps and bruises. Coach Mark Richt was planning to practice his first-team offense and first-team defense against each other in an attempt to spark his team, he said.

College football teams traditionally practice their starters against each other only in the spring. In the fall, the regular offense and defense practice against scout teams.

"I told them we were going one offense vs. one defense, we were going to have a little spring ball," Richt said. "They were excited about it. They were getting a little jacked up during (stretching) and talking smack and getting ready to get after it."

Georgia practiced its first-teamers against each other in its inside drill Wednesday.

BACK ON TOP: Sophomore cornerback Asher Allen will take over for the injured Thomas Brown as Georgia's kickoff return man just as he did a year ago when Brown went down with an injury.

"Obviously you'd like to have TB back there, but I was really pleased with the job Asher did last year," said assistant coach Tony Ball, who coordinates the return team.

Allen averaged 22.1 yards on 19 returns last year. He gained 27 yards on his only return this year. The Bulldogs started the season excelling in the return game but have slipped to 11th in the SEC with a 19.8-yard average.

"Last week, we did some things to hurt ourselves," Ball said. "We've got to get back on a roll. We've got to break a couple and that's what we're going to work on."

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