Kentucky Week: Tuesday News and Notes

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

DRAMATIC TURNAROUND: Georgia has completed 41 passes for 679 yards in the last three games, but that's not what's been most impressive about the passing game. What has stood out the most is how few passes the Bulldogs have dropped.

"We started out dropping a few this year, but as of late it seems like we've caught just about everything," Richt said. "I can't really think of a drop lately, and I've seen some catches that were pretty darn good."

Suddenly a receiving corps that couldn't make the big catch is making every catch. The difference is the receivers' experience and consistency from the quarterback position, Richt said.

"Stafford is finally beginning to relax a little bit and not throw it 100 mph every time he throws it. I think that was part of the problem last year," Richt said.

And, unlike last season, Georgia's receivers haven't had to adjust to three different starting quarterbacks.

"I think that has made a huge difference," wide receivers coach John Eason said, "but at the time, you just had to accept that you were dropping the ball."

RED OUT?: Richt was so impressed by the reaction of Georgia fans to the Bulldogs' blackout, that he's trying to think of another way to get the same response.

"I think we all would love to see that happen again so we've decided to have a red out," he joked. "Everybody wear red. Maybe we'll wear our black jerseys in pre-game warm-up and come rushing out of there in the red. Whatever it takes to get everybody excited, let's do it again."

Last Saturday was the first time the Bulldogs' student section has been full when the team came out for its warm-ups an hour before kickoff, Richt said. The Dog Walk will be at 10:45 Saturday.

INJURY UPDATE: Defensive end Marcus Howard missed Tuesday's practice due to an ankle injury but will play Saturday, he said. Safety Quintin Banks (knee) and wide receiver Tony Wilson (shoulder) practiced in green, no-contact jerseys. Wilson will play, Eason said.

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