Tennessee Week: Wednesday Practice Reports

ATHENS - Due to inclement weather, the 10th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs moved Wednesday's practice indoors to the Ramsey Student Center with the offense and defense working out for an hour each on a couple of basketball courts.

After practice, Richt provided an update on the status of several Bulldogs, saying junior defensive end Rod Battle could play Saturday while junior split end Kris Durham and senior linebacker Dannell Ellerbe are out due to injuries. Battle started the first two games but has been out since then due to a neck stinger.

"I'd say Rod Battle might play, it's over 50 percent that he will," said Richt. "We were getting low at depth in that position, and Rod was a starter for us at the beginning of the year, and he will help us. In relation to the season, he's fresh."

Meanwhile, the Georgia careers of redshirt freshman split end Walter Hill and junior free safety Donavon Baldwin are over.

"Walter Hill has been dismissed from the team because he didn't live up the standard of the Georgia way," Richt said indicating the decision was made a couple of days ago. "Donavon and I have talked a couple of times, and it's in his best interest to finish at another school so he's going to transfer."

With the news of Hill's departure, Richt was asked about recruiting needs at receiver, and he said the Bulldogs will need to sign at least two this year.

"We've got three seniors, Tony (Wilson) just had surgery, Walter is gone, so that leaves us with five in the spring that can run," said Richt. "There are not many schools across the country that run at least eight or nine, and we had 10 roll into this season. It gives us a greater sense of urgency to sign receivers. It is a much better opportunity for someone to come in and play."

Due to Wednesday's indoor workout, Georgia will add an additional 10 minutes of kicking practice to Thursday's session.

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