Sugar Bowl Week: Thursday News and Notes

NEW ORLEANS - Josh Kendall's news and notes from Georgia's Sugar bowl practices.

TWO-SPORT STARS: As a devout Christian, Richt tries not to covet, but last week he found himself feeling pangs of jealousy. He took his team bowling and was surprised when three players – running backs Kregg Lumpkin and Knowshon Moreno and defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs – showed up with own balls, shirts and shoes.

"It looked like, maybe not the PBA, but the junior PBA anyway," Richt said.

So for Christmas, Richt received his own shoes, ball and wrist guard, he said.

Dobbs came away with the top score on the team's night of bowling, a fact that chapped Moreno, particularly when it became public.

"I mean everybody can have a good day," Moreno said.

Moreno and Dobbs are roommates and pride themselves on being the best bowlers on the team.

"We are tag team champions," said Moreno, who has a 170 average and a high game of 234.

Moreno wouldn't reveal the pattern of his bowling shirt but said it complements Dobbs'.

"I can't tell you the secrets," he said. "You're just going to have to come and see. Me and Dobbs have got a little something, something together."

FREE FOR ALL: Jones didn't give his players a curfew for the first two nights in New Orleans.

"This is a great group of kids," he said. "I know we are not going to do anything we're going to be ashamed of. It's OK with me to let them experience something that they may never have a chance to again."

The Bulldogs had a 1 a.m. curfew the first two nights.

HIGH PRAISE: Jones is not shy about building up his opponent, and he continued doing it Thursday, saying Georgia is "stupid" if it doesn't use Moreno to try to run the ball against the Warriors.

"They've got a Barry Sanders, maybe a tougher Barry Sanders, running the ball," Jones said. "He's one of the best I've seen, and he's 18 years old. That's amazing."

NFL AUDITION: The Warriors had the opportunity to practice at the Superdome (where Georgia is practicing) but chose to work out at the New Orleans Saints facility, and Jones did that so his players could get some NFL attention, he said. With plenty of Saints' officials sure to be watching Brennan, Jones is hoping some of his other players will catch someone's eye.

"I think it will help them when their draft day comes," Jones said. "There is also something about being able to practice good when people are watching you, the pressure of doing that."

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