Vanderbilt Week: Wednesday News and Notes

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

NOT BACK YET:

Georgia will be without tight end Tripp Chandler for a second straight week when it takes on Vanderbilt on Saturday, but the senior said he hopes to be ready for the Bulldogs' road trip to LSU next week.

"It's hopefully LSU, but really it could be LSU or Florida," Chandler said. "One of those two."

Chandler suffered a shoulder injury against Alabama three weeks ago and was forced to watch his teammates beat Tennessee from the sideline last week. He said the injury is improving at a good pace, but the importance of the game at LSU adds a bit of extra motivation to recover quickly.

"It's just such a big game," Chandler said. "That's a game you want to be at, even if you're on the sidelines, just to be there to support your team."

MORE INJURIES:

Safety Quintin Banks got his first taste of action this season last week against Tennessee, but his return to the field was short lived.

Banks re-injured his right knee this week and will miss a significant amount of time, Richt said.

"He's out for a while," Richt said. "It will not require surgery, which is a blessing for him, but we don't expect him back within at least the next couple weeks anyway."

Freshman linebacker Christian Robinson hasn't played this season and is expected to be redshirted, but he'll miss a good chunk of practice, too. Robinson broke his arm during practice yesterday and will miss at least a month.

"It won't require surgery, but a bone is usually four to six weeks," Richt said. Left tackle Vince Vance injured his knee against Alabama, but Richt said he won't have surgery to repair his ACL for at least three weeks as doctors wait for his posterior cruciate ligament to heal.

STAYING FOCUSED:

Plenty of Georgia fans may be curious what the future holds for star running back Knowshon Moreno, but he said he hasn't given it a thought.

The redshirt sophomore will be eligible to forego his final two seasons at Georgia and enter the NFL draft at season's end, but he said that decision hasn't even been considered so far.

"I feel like anything can happen this season, so I want to take it one step at a time," Moreno said. "If I look down the road, when that time comes, I'll see what people think about it. When the time comes, I'll talk to family and stuff like that, but I'm nowhere near thinking about it."

BIG WEEK FOR RICHT CLAN:

There was even more football talk than usual around Richt's house this week. In addition to his Georgia team beating rival Tennessee on Saturday, his son, David, won his game with Price Avenue Christian High School while his elder son, Jon, is adjusting to a new head coach at Clemson after Tommy Bowden resigned Monday.

On top of that chaos, Richt's brother in law, Brad Johnson, was named the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys after Tony Romo broke a finger against Arizona on Sunday.

Richt said he and Johnson usually exchange frequent text messages, but since Romo got hurt, the communication has slowed down.

"We do a lot of texting and there was always some kind of humor involved," Richt said, "but I texted him two or three times this week and no response. I guarantee he's watching film."


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