Arizona State Week: Tuesday News and Notes

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


Georgia's pass rush has struggled through three games, and it isn't likely to get any help from junior defensive end Rod Battle this week against Arizona State.

Battle, who missed last week's game against South Carolina with a neck injury, is listed as doubtful for this week, Richt said.

His injury is one of many among the defensive ends, who all missed some time during fall camp with injuries. The lack of a full preseason may have something to do with the unit's poor start, Richt said.

"When you miss a lot of work, it's tough to be in midseason form," he said."


Left guard Vince Vance injured his knee against South Carolina on an interception thrown by quarterback Matthew Stafford that ended up being overturned by a Gamecocks' penalty.

On the return, Vance was attempting to get in on the play but ended up getting tangled up with a South Carolina player.

"My momentum went one way, my body went the other way, and when I hit the ground, it broke my knee brace and banged up my knee a little bit," Vance said.

The injury wasn't serious, however, and Vance participated in full-contact drills during practice Monday.

"It's sore and it's hurting," Vance said, "but I'll be fine."


In seven years at Georgia, Richt has a career mark of 26-4 in an opponent's stadium. So while the Bulldogs are taking their longest road trip since 1960 when they play at Arizona State this week, Richt isn't looking to change from the team's regular preparation – including resetting their watches.

Richt said coaches will have player prepare for an 8 p.m. game, despite the fact that kickoff will be at 5:15 local time in Arizona.

"We will be in the mentality of preparing for an 8 p.m. ballgame," Richt said. "I think we will keep our biological clocks and our actual clocks, we might just stay on Eastern Standard time the entire time as far as our hotel clocks our own personal clocks."

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