Alabama Week: Thursday News and Notes

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


Tight end Bruce Figgins hasn't seen much action so far this season. After catching a touchdown in his first career start last year, the Columbus native has yet to catch a pass this season.

Figgins missed the first game of the season after he violated a team rule, and Richt said the tight end has battled a sore shoulder the past few weeks, which have limited his ability. The biggest factor in Figgins' diminished stats, however, has simply been Georgia's offensive game plan.

"I don't think the ball has been thrown to the tight ends as much as a year ago," Richt said. "It's just the way it's worked out to this point.


The captains for Saturday's game include three big names – Matthew Stafford, Rennie Curran and Knowshon Moreno – and one not-so-familiar one, wide receiver Tony Wilson.

Wilson has just one catch for two yards this season, but has battled a nagging ankle injury he suffered in the spring. Richt said the sophomore has worked so hard despite his injury that he earned the honor for this week's game.

"He hasn't played a lot, but Tony has been a warrior for us," Richt said. "He's done everything he's been asked to do. He's just not what he was, and that's been very frustrating to him, but when we ask him to do this or that, he's done it with great enthusiasm."


Defensive ends Jeremy Lomax and Jarius Wynn are both expected to play Saturday, Richt said. "Both ready, no limitations (Thursday). They'll be fine," he said… A week after he announced longsnapper Jeff Henson would not return to the team, Richt said he still had not made a decision on the future of indefinitely suspended defensive back Donavon Baldwin… Next week's practice schedule will be a light one due to Georgia's bye week. The Bulldogs will meet to review the Alabama game on Monday, hold full practices Tuesday and Thursday, and the rest of the week will only require running and weight lifting.

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