LSU Week: Monday News and Notes

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


Trainers decided Monday that wide receiver Kris Durham could return to action this week after he missed the past two games with an ankle sprain.

Durham hoped to play against Vanderbilt last week, but his practice session Thursday convinced him a bit more time off would be helpful.

"I practiced Thursday, and I realized that when I tried to break down and stop that I just wasn't physically to do it yet, but with an extra week, I'll be ready," Durham said. His work against LSU on Saturday will likely be limited to offense, he said, but he expects to return to special-teams duty the following week against Florida.


Since Richt arrived in Athens in 2001, his offenses have used the tight end with great success. Coming into this season, that seemed like it would be the case again, but senior tight end Tripp Chandler had several crucial drops early in the season before going down with a shoulder injury last month.

Back-up Bruce Figgins has battled injuries of his own, and Georgia's offensive line has been forced to start three freshman and two sophomores – making the tight ends more valuable as blockers than receivers so far. The result has been that the tight ends haven't been targeted in either of the past two games.

That could change in the weeks to come, but Richt said LSU's defensive front might necessitate keeping the tight end in to block.

"I'm not saying we're not going to get those guys involved, but we're playing a team here that can certainly bring pressure by the number of people they bring or the twisting and stunting they do, and those protections are helpful against that type of defense," Richt said. "But we do want to get our tight ends going again, there's no doubt about that."

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