Florida Week: Thursday News and Notes

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

MEYER A JAX FAN: The annual Georgia-Florida game doesn't need to move from its traditional home in Jacksonville, Florida head coach Urban Meyer said this week.

Richt has said he would like to see options explored at the end of the current contract, which runs through the 2010 season. He would be open to a home-and-home series, a rotation between Jacksonville and the Georgia Dome in Atlanta or a rotation combining all four sites, he said.

"If everybody is saying it's a neutral site then let's play a neutral site in the state of Georgia," he said.

Georgia has lost 15 of the last 17 games in Jacksonville.

Meyer grew up a fan of this game and thinks the site is part of what makes the rivalry special, he said.

"I think it'd be a shame (to move it)," he said. "I can certainly understand Georgia's concern. It is in the state of Florida, but distance-wise, I think it's pretty equal."

Meyer acknowledged he might be wrong on that last fact, and he is. Jacksonville is 71 miles from the Gators' home in Gainesville, Fla., and 363 miles from Athens.

YOUTH SERVED: Moreno will be a captain Saturday for the second game in row. Last week, he became the first freshman to be chosen as a game captain Richt. Georgia's coaches pick captains each week based on performance in practice and games.

"He definitely has practiced and played like a champion," Richt said. "That in itself is enough leadership for me to make him captain."

Center Fernando Velasco, defensive tackle Jeff Owens and safety Kelin Johnson also will be captains. Owens and Johnson are Florida natives.

"We did not pick Jeff and Kelin because they are from Florida," Richt said. "It just happened to be that they performed so well that they happened to be the captains this week."

JUMPING OFF THE PAGE: While junior Jeff Owens has struggled with a sprained ankle, sophomore Geno Atkins has emerged as the Bulldogs' most effective defensive linemen. Atkins had a team-high eight tackles against Vanderbilt and has 20 for the season, tying him with end Marcus Howard for the team lead among defensive linemen.

"He's just consistently been giving people trouble," Richt said. "He seems to be the guy who is making the most plays at that position. You just want guys to push the pocket in the face of the quarterback, and he's done a nice job of that."


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