S. Carolina Week: Thursday News and Notes

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

LOSING THE BATTLE:

Head coach Mark Richt said defensive end Roderick Battle was questionable to doubtful for Saturday's game at South Carolina with a neck injury.

Wide receiver Kenneth Harris was also listed as questionable with an ankle injury, while Richt said safety Reshad Jones and linebacker Akeem Hebron were both likely to play, though both also were dealing with neck injuries.

Battle, a junior, has started the first two games of the season for Georgia, racking up four quarterback pressures and sharing in a sack.

Jones and Battle are suffering from similar injuries, Richt said, though Battle's appears more serious.

"(Battle's injury) is really the same kind of thing as Reshad," Richt said, "just hasn't cleared as well as Reshad's has."

STILL COMING STRONG:

After compiling a team-high six tackles in Georgia's opener against Georgia Southern, defensive tackle Corvey Irvin made just one assisted stop against Central Michigan last week.

Richt wasn't disappointed in the senior's performance, however, chalking the statistics up to a matter of circumstance.

"He was not as productive, but that doesn't mean he wasn't playing as hard," Richt said. "A guy can play hard, but the ball doesn't come his way or the style of play might be a little different. I don't think there was a whole lot of difference between his effort. It was still outstanding. It's just that the plays didn't present themselves as much as they did in the first game."

GETTING HIS KICKS?:

Richt wasn't ready to announce who would handle kickoff duties for Georgia this weekend, but he did say walk-on freshman kicker Jamey Lindley would be among the 70 players traveling to South Carolina for the game.

"Lindley will be on the trip, so that's a good indication he's at least second string," Richt said. "Lindley may kick. Right now, all I can say is he's on the trip."


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