Kentucky Week: Wednesday News and Notes

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


With the eminent departure of Tennessee head coach Phil Fulmer at season's end and the carousel of coaching changes around the conference recently, Richt has suddenly become the elder statesman of SEC coaches.

Only Auburn's Tommy Tuberville has been with his school longer than Richt, who arrived at Georgia before the 2001 season. While Auburn's struggles this season have Tuberville on the hot seat with Tigers fans, Richt said he doesn't plan on going anywhere for a long time.

"My goal from the very beginning has been to have this be the last coaching job that I have," Richt said. "That's going to be up to whoever is making that decision, but for me, my goal was that if I moved from Tallahassee, move one time. I'm not interested in telling a bunch of young men that I've got a better place to be than to be with them."

Richt's next win will be his 80th at Georgia in eight seasons, a feat only five other coaches have accomplished.

"It's been pretty successful over the last seven years, and hopefully we will knock out 80 victories in eight years," he said. "That's not bad."


Richt said Georgia's list of injuries this week isn't particularly long, and he said the past few practices haven't sent anyone new to the trainer's room.

Defensive end Jeremy Lomax injured his shoulder on the second play of the game against Florida last week, and Richt said the senior would be questionable for Saturday's matchup with Kentucky.

"I just landed on it bad," said Lomax, who has battled a turf-toe injury all season. "When it rains, it pours."

Linebacker Darius Dewberry suffered a hip flexor injury against Florida and is doubtful for this week's game.

"I'm feeling pretty good," Dewberry said. "I'm anxious to get out there, but injuries happen, so I've just got to keep after it." Quarterback Matthew Stafford took a few lumps against a fierce Florida pass rush last week, too, but Richt said he would be fine to play against Kentucky. Stafford hurt his elbow during the game, an injury he said was minor, and suffered a bone bruise on his ankle.

"He's throwing the ball just fine," Richt said of Stafford. "It was bothering him more (Tuesday) than it was (Wednesday), so he'll be fine. He'll have no limitations."


Kiante Tripp's season has been a roller coaster. He began the year as the projected starter at right tackle then landed the starting left tackle job after Trinton Sturdivant was lost for the season with a knee injury in fall camp. When injuries piled up among the tight ends, Tripp was moved again then was moved back to right tackle after lineman Vince Vance succumbed to a knee injury that ended his season.

Now the player who started the first three games of the season is buried on the bench, and Richt said he's not close to playing.

"Right now, he's still getting reps in practice and still trying to earn the playing time," Richt said. "Right now, we've just got other guys ahead of him."

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