Kentucky Week: Thursday News and Notes

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

MIDDLE OF THE PACK: Even with it recent run of success on offense and opportunism on defense, Georgia still doesn't rank highly in any SEC category.

"We might be tied for No. 1 in PAT percentage," Richt joked, "but everything else we are third to ninth or 10th and mostly sixth or seventh."

QUITE A RUN: Senior Sean Bailey has caught 12 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns in the last three games. Those numbers compare favorably to what previously was his best season as a Bulldog (16 catches, 364 yards and four touchdowns in 2005), and he's done it all with torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee.

"I just have to thank the Lord," Bailey said. "I didn't know if I'd be playing. It's all the Lord, he's been there protecting me and I give all thanks to him."

Bailey leads the Bulldogs with 31 catches for 487 yards and four touchdowns.

NO SCOREBOARD WATCHING: Tennessee, which needs to lose an SEC game for Georgia to have a chance to play in the SEC title game, plays Vanderbilt at 2 p.m. Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn., but the Bulldogs are trying not to pay attention to the Vols.

"Who are they playing this week? I don't even know," quarterback Matthew Stafford said. "We have to concentrate more on us."

The Volunteers play Kentucky in the final week of the season.

THIS AND THAT: Backup running back Jason Johnson (neck) isn't expected to play. "Other than that, no injury issues," Richt said. … Georgia began its Thursday practice at 5:30 a.m. and finished just after the sun came up. "The sun came up at 6:55 this morning if anybody wants to know," Richt said. "It might have been nicer in the morning than it was later in the afternoon. I know the wind was whipping pretty good today."

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