Alabama Week: Monday News and Notes

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

STILL RECOVERING:

Matthew Stafford said he was still a bit sleepy after the overnight flight home from Arizona on Sunday. The team left Tempe after the game, which ended near midnight on the East coast, and he didn't get to bed until around 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

"I slept until about 3," Stafford said.

Of course, that was nothing compared to what backup quarterback Joe Cox did to recover. Stafford said Cox admitted to sleeping from 7:30 in the morning until 9 at night. Then Cox couldn't get to sleep again and wound up staying up all night before he had to be at class Monday.

That's the problems with getting back on track after such a long road trip, Stafford said, but he doesn't foresee it being an long-term issue.

"I feel not physically tired, but sleepy, like I need some sleep," Stafford said. "But I'm sure we'll feel fine by (Tuesday)."

MISSING THE ACTION:

Defensive end Jeremy Lomax was happy to see his teammates record four sacks against Arizona State on Saturday, but after leaving the game with a neck strain in the third quarter, he couldn't help but be a bit frustrated with his role on the sideline.

"It was terrible," Lomax said. "I was so mad on the sideline. I was very emotional on the sideline. I knew I could have got at least a sack. When you know you could have gotten one, it's sad. It's a bad deal."

The Bulldogs' defensive ends had 2.5 sacks, which exceeded their total from the first three games by a full sack. The numbers were tallied without the help of starting end Rod Battle, who missed his second straight game with a neck injury.

Jarius Wynn also missed some action Saturday with an injury, and fellow defensive ends Demarcus Dobbs and Justin Houston missed action during fall camp while battling aches and pains.

"We've had so many injuries, that's the story of the year," Lomax said.

Lomax practiced in a green non-contact jersey Monday, staying loose but not participating in any of the team's drills. He said his neck felt much better, however, and said he was almost certain to play Saturday.

"I'm ready to go, fired up to get back out there, especially versus ‘Bama," he said. "It'll be a great challenge, a great atmosphere. I'm excited."


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