S. Carolina Week: Wednesday News and Notes

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


Miami head coach Randy Shannon criticized Florida's Urban Meyer this week after the Gators' coach chose to kick a field goal in the waning seconds of Florida's 26-3 win over the Hurricanes last Saturday.

Richt said it probably wasn't how he would have handled the situation, but he didn't criticize Meyer for the decision.

"I guess the only thing you can do is take a knee if you feel the game is in hand, and that's usually what we'd do," Richt said. "I think if you have your starters in there at the end when it's absolutely over, I just don't think it's very wise. Now if you've got a bunch of youngsters in there, just let them play. And if somebody got mad at me, I'd just say, ‘We've got some young guys in there we're trying to get them ready for the future.' "


Snapper Jeff Hensen was cleared by the Georgia student judiciary board last Friday after an August arrest on alcohol charges, but that doesn't mean he's clear of Richt's doghouse.

Richt said he still hadn't made a decision on the futures of Hensen or Donavon Baldwin, both of whom are suspended indefinitely.

"All I can tell you is I'm honing in on it," Richt said. "It's getting closer."

The decision by the university regarding Hensen will not affect Richt's decision, he said.

"It's not going to affect my decision either way," Richt said. "It could've affected if they'd said, ‘You're out,' but it's not going to affect what I decide."


Defensive tackle Kade Weston will play Saturday, Richt said, but he hasn't been able to participate fully in practices this week, which may limit his availability against South Carolina.

"All things concerned with Kade is how many plays will he be effective," Richt said. "He's a good player, we know that, but he's going to fatigue a lot sooner than if he'd been playing all along. I think he'll play more of a spot role than a true rotation would be my guess."


Wide receiver Kenneth Harris missed last week's game with an ankle injury, but said he expected to play against South Carolina.

"I feel great," Harris said. "My rehab is coming along real well, and I'm looking forward to this week."

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