Kentucky Week: Monday News and Notes

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


Tight end Tripp Chandler and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe both returned to action for the first time in more than a month against Florida, and both held up well throughout the game, Richt said.

Ellerbe played a significant amount – he had Georgia's only sack in the game – and said his injured knee was still feeling good when he returned to practice Monday.

"It feels good," Ellerbe said. "It doesn't hurt or anything. It probably won't be 100 percent, but I'll be good enough to go (this week)."

Chandler returned with his first catch since Georgia's third game of the season, and while he said his injured shoulder was still improving, Richt said the senior looked a bit rusty.

"He did alright, but he looked a little bit like a guy who hadn't played in a month when it came to blocking," Richt said. "He wasn't his normal self, and hopefully because there's no setbacks, he'll get better."

Linebacker Darius Dewberry left the game early with a hip flexor injury and did not return, and defensive end Jeremy Lomax suffered a shoulder bruise, but Richt said both were day to day and were likely to return to action against Kentucky on Saturday.

"Overall, I don't think we have anybody at this point that was injured to the point where they're out for the game," Richt said. "There's some guys that are bumped up, bruised up, but we don't have anybody that's set to be out for next week."


Blair Walsh plans to spend this afternoon worrying about football and tonight worrying about the election.

Walsh is an avid political junkie and has followed this year's election closely, so he's made sure he won't miss a minute of the election night coverage.

"I've cleared my schedule pretty much at night so I can sit there and watch it," the freshman kicker said. "I remember I had fun four years ago watching it and four years before that, staying up late. I remember I kept getting woken up to see the results and stuff."

Walsh said his father is a regular donor to the Republican Party and got him and his brother interested in politics at an early age. Walsh said his brother, who is a senior at Harvard, is even more fanatical than he is.

"He's a Republican at Harvard," Walsh said, "and that doesn't sit too well."

Walsh's fervent support for John McCain hasn't infiltrated the locker room at Georgia, however. Unlike the debates that swirl around the rest of campus, he said the team hasn't talked too much politics.

"It's recently been discussed a little bit," Walsh said, "but we're so focused on football that that's a little bit too serious of a topic to talk about."

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