Auburn Week: Wednesday News and Notes

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

INJURY UPDATE: Safety Kelin Johnson (knee) is probable, according to Richt, but the news is not as good on defensive tackle Kade Weston.

Weston (ankle) was expected to return to practice Wednesday but did not. He is questionable, Richt said. Safety Donavon Baldwin (hip flexor) is doubtful.

BLACK JERSEYS?: Richt wants his team's fans to honor the request the team and wear black shirts, but he won't say for sure if his team will follow suit and wear black jerseys. Georgia has not worn black jerseys in its modern history.

"I knew that (rumor) would happen," Richt said. "You can't snap your fingers and get (black jerseys)."

NOT SO MUCH: Despite preseason predictions from several SEC coaches, the change in the kickoff rule this year hasn't had a huge impact on field position.

Richt was one of those who felt that moving kickoffs back 5 yards to the 30-yard line would result in more than 5 yards different in field position. In fact, it has resulted in less.

Through week 10 of the season, the average starting field position in major college football is the 31.1-yard line. The average starting field position in 2005 and 2006 was the 27.6.

Still, it feels like a big difference to Richt.

"There's been a lot more plays this year offensively," he said. "There has been a lot better field position this year. I think that's part of the reason why there's an upswing on offensive statistics in our league and probably across the country."

BUYER BEWARE: Georgia issued a warning to its fans Wednesday to be on the lookout for counterfeit tickets. Some fans bought counterfeit tickets to last week's Troy game in Sanford Stadium.

The fake tickets were printed off Ticketmaster so fans should know that any tickets that have a Ticketmaster logo or the game time on them are counterfeit. Georgia's legitimate tickets have a foil marking.

RICHT HONOR: Richt was named Wednesday as one of 15 semifinalists for the George Munger Award for the college coach of the year.


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