Sugar finally here for Dawgs

NEW ORLEANS – June Jones was clearly uncomfortable Monday afternoon in the final press conference before today's Alltel Sugar Bowl.

He had an excuse, considering it was the first time in nine years he had worn a suit and tie, he said. Jones is hoping his tenth-ranked Hawaii team doesn't look equally out of sorts when it plays No. 4 Georgia at 8:47 p.m. in the Louisiana Superdome.

"We've had big games, but not like this one," the Warriors head coach said. "We come off the elevators in the team hotel, and it's wall-to-wall people. It's a Sugar Bowl atmosphere to Georgia, but it's a Super Bowl atmosphere to everybody on my team. It does concern me."

Georgia has questions of its own, head coach Mark Richt said as the two head coaches addressed the media for the final time before the game.

"I really don't have a good feel for how the game is going to go," Richt said. "Their style of football is really very different from everybody we've played, and we're probably a lot different than anybody they've played."

Senior running back Thomas Brown will start for Georgia ahead of freshman Knowshon Moreno, who has nursed an ankle injury throughout bowl practices.

"Knowshon will be ready to play," Richt said. "The last couple of days he's looked pretty good. I think he'll start looking like (he's 100 percent healthy), and we'll see as he gets some contact, how he'll react to it."

Brown probably would have been named the starter if Moreno was 100 percent healthy, Richt said.

"Thomas is one of our senior leaders," Richt said, "and he's played as well as anybody on our football team."

Moreno has rushed for 1,273 yards on this season. Brown has rushed for 706 but has a higher per-carry average than Moreno at 5.5 to 5.3.

Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, Georgia's leading tackler, has made good progress in the last two days from his sprained Achilles tendon and will play, Richt said.

The Bulldogs took their official team picture Monday morning in the Superdome wearing the black jerseys they will wear in the game today.

"It looks good I will have to admit," Richt said.


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