Off Week: Tuesday Practice Report

ATHENS - Georgia senior tailback Kregg Lumpkin underwent an arthroscopic procedure to treat a torn lateral meniscus and a sprained posterior lateral complex in his left knee at Athens' St. Mary's Hospital on Tuesday, head coach Mark Richt announced following the Bulldogs' afternoon practice.

Lumpkin injured his knee during last Saturday's game against Vanderbilt. He is not expected to return to action during the regular season but could possibly play in a bowl game.

"It's disappointing, but he's doing pretty good," Richt said. "He's a mature kid. We saw him today with his mom and dad after surgery. It wasn't like he was happy, but he wasn't sitting there feeling sorry for himself. Playing in a bowl game is probably his only shot, but in talking to him today, he would welcome that opportunity. He acted like if he was healthy, he wanted to finish."

The Bulldogs practiced for just under two hours in full pads on Tuesday.

"Today was a good day," Richt said. "We got done what we wanted to get done, a little fundamental work on the kicking game and also on offense and defense. I thought we had a lively practice. It was kind of short and sweet. After the regular practice was over, we got the young guys who haven't played an awful lot get in there and scrimmage two eight-play drives. That was lively. They got after it good. The varsity guys watching the game enjoyed it and got a kick out of it."

The Bulldogs will concentrate on conditioning on Wednesday with a run and a weight-lifting session before returning to practice on Thursday.

Richt also announced that senior linebacker Chris Gaunder, a member of several of Georgia's special teams units, has been accepted to medical school. Gaunder has played in all seven games this season and recorded three tackles.

"He applied for Mercer's School of Medicine and was accepted and actually is pre-enrolled," Richt said. "We're excited about that for him. Ryan Schnetzer is working on becoming a doctor and Stephen White, I believe, is in the process. That would be three in the last couple of years. It's pretty exciting."

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