Arizona State Week: Thursday News and Notes

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


Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon won't be on the Bulldogs' agenda for their trip to Arizona. Richt said the team's first trek across the country would be for business purposes only.

"In some ways you wish you would spend more time sightseeing and doing some things that might be memorable to them," Richt said, "but they're going to see the airport, the hotel, the stadium and the airport. Whatever they can see out the window of the bus on the way, that's good."

What might add some excitement for some players is the long flight. Richt said he wasn't sure, but this could be the first time several of the players had been on an airplane.

"You never think about it as a coach much," Richt said, "but I can remember one time at Florida State, I can't remember who the kid was, but he was like, he did not want to get on that airplane."

That player ended up on the plane anyway, Richt said, and he doesn't expect any problems this time around.

"There might be a few first-time flyers," he said. "That'll be interesting."


Kicker Blair Walsh had trouble pinning opponents on kickoffs during the first three games of Georgia's season, then gave way to walk-on Jamey Lindley for the Bulldogs' final kickoff against South Carolina last week.

Neither kicker looked sharp, but Richt said Walsh was likely to get the nod again Saturday against Arizona State.

"My guess is it will be Blair first kick, but Lindley is traveling," Richt said.

Georgia's opponents have averaged starting at their own 32-yard line after kickoffs through three games this season.


Richt still isn't committing to anything on the offensive line other than saying changes are in store. The changes, however, haven't altered the focus of any of the linemen.

"If another guy wins the starting job, but you still know you're going to rotate and play, you have an opportunity to redeem yourself or an opportunity to contribute to the victory," Richt said.

"It's not good, it never feels good to be demoted, but if you're still playing, they know they'd better get their mind on their business."


When asked if he was aware that, despite not playing out West in three decades, Georgia's overall record in that region was 1-4-1, Richt's response remained upbeat: "So we're undefeated the last 30 years

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