C. Michigan Week: Wednesday News and Notes

ATHENS - David Hale's news and notes from Georgia's 2008 fall practices.


Ben Jones and Tanner Strickland have both shown improvement during the preseason, but Richt said neither offensive lineman has earned a defined amount of playing time.

Both players saw action against Georgia Southern, with Jones, a true freshman, stepping in at center with Georgia backed against its own end zone. Richt said both players should see the field again this week, but with sophomore Clint Boling returning from a one-game suspension, both could be in line for less action.

"I could see Tanner spelling (left guard) Vince (Vance) from time to time," Richt said. "But I don't think there'll be a set rotation for Tanner yet. We would feel comfortable with him being in a ballgame, I'm just not sure he's gotten to that true rotation cycle, and I'm not sure we're that way with Ben either."


At Detroit's Comerica Park, a 30-by-60-foot billboard adorns the back of the outfield scoreboard. Picture on the sign is Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour, a junior who threw for more than 3,500 yards and ran for more than 1,100 last season.

LeFevour, however, isn't only getting the attention of visitors to Comerica Park. He has impressed Richt as well.

"This guy is a very, very tough football player," Richt said. "He's more like (Florida quarterback Tim) Tebow than I really thought."

Tebow, of course, was last year's Heisman winner, and LeFevour could be in the mix for the award in 2008.

So to prepare his defense for what's in store against LeFevour and the Chippewas on Saturday, Richt has had the Bulldogs looking back at their last game against Florida.

"Just the mind-set of preparing for Tebow," Richt said, "if they can match that preparing for LeFevour, I think it will help us."

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