Troy Week: Thursday News and Notes

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

GARNER'S TIES: There is plenty of overlap between the athletic departments at Georgia and Troy, but none of the Bulldogs have more Trojan connections than defensive line coach Rodney Garner.

Troy athletics director Steve Dennis, a Macon native, played at Georgia from 1976-78 and then was an assistant coach at Auburn while Garner played there. Troy wide receivers coach Shane Wasden was a teammate of Garner's with the Tigers.

"It's great to be able to get together and see those guys but it's not going to take away how bad they want to beat us and vice versa.

OPPORTUNITY FOR BANKS: Houston County graduate Quintin Banks probably will get more playing time this week than he has all season, defensive coordinator Willie Martinez said.

"Quintin has really improved a lot," Martinez said.

The reason Banks has played as much as fellow freshman safety Reshad Jones is because Banks is backing up Kelin Johnson, who has played well all year, Martinez said. With Johnson out this week due to a knee injury, Jones and CJ Byrd will start but Banks will have more opportunities to get into the regular rotation.

Banks, who starts in Geogia's goal line defense, has six tackles this season.

LINEBACKER ISSUES: Whether Rennie Curran or Brandon Miller will start at linebacker will be determined by what defensive package the Bulldogs start in, Martinez said. Curran starts in Georgia's nickel package, and Miller starts in the base defense.

Curran impressed his coaches against Florida, when he got his first collegiate start.

"He didn't make many mental mistakes which in a game of that magnitude and being a freshman you'd think would happen," linebackers coach John Jancek said.

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