Arizona State Week: Wednesday News and Notes

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


It has been 22 years since Jon Fabris coached in the Pac-10, but Georgia's upcoming trip to Arizona State provides a good reason for the defensive ends coach to reminisce.

When asked how the Pac-10 stacked up to the SEC in terms of competitiveness, Fabris, who was an assistant coach at Washington State from 1982 through 1986, said there really wasn't much difference. Where the two conferences really diverge is in their fan bases.

"It's more of an entertainment thing, people like to go to the games to be entertained," Fabris said. "Some places it's like, we like football in the fall, we like basketball in the winter. Here, it's like, we like fall football and winter recruiting and spring football and spring recruiting."

The Sun Devils, however, might have the closest thing to an SEC fan base, Fabris said.

"I remember Tempe, that environment to me was the most SEC-like environment of all the Pac-10 schools in terms of the stadium and the noise and the fan base," he said. "They definitely like their football there, there's no doubt about it."


In the past two games, quarterback Matthew Stafford has had runs of 17, 22 and 30 yards, but by no means is he considering changing his style to use his feet more in games.

"I make fun of myself," Stafford said. "I don't think I'm a very good runner."

South Carolina's defense, which was burned by Stafford for that 30-yarder, might disagree, and even Stafford hasn't ruled out a long dash down the field again in the future. But when it happens, he said, it definitely won't be flashy.

"I just try to go out there and get as many yards as I can," Stafford said, "and not get knocked down."


Tight end Bruce Figgins was in a green non-contact jersey during practice Wednesday after injuring his shoulder. Richt said the injury was not serious and Figgins should be ready for Saturday's game.

"It was sore enough where we didn't want him to do anything against the defense," Richt said, "but we plan on him being there, on being ready to play."

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