Auburn Week: Tuesday News and Notes

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


He had casts on both hands and he weighs nearly 270 pounds, but defensive end Demarcus Dobbs showed he had all the athleticism of his slimmer cohorts in the Georgia secondary when he intercepted his second pass of the season Saturday against Kentucky.

"I was thinking he must have caught it with the good hand, and then I looked at him and he had a cast on both hands," head coach Mark Richt said. "I think we might have to move him to tight end now."

Dobbs said he's not looking for a change, but if the offer is there, he'll be happy to try his hand at offense. After all, he said, he thinks he has the best hands on the team.

"I told Coach Richt that I'm up for any challenge," Dobbs said. "If he wants to put me in at tight end, I'll do the best I can."

With 13 tackles and 1.5 sacks in limited action on the defensive line, Georgia's coaches are probably happy leaving Dobbs where he is. That, however, doesn't mean he's done hauling in passes. In fact, Dobbs said he has already informed teammate Reshad Jones that he's gunning for the team lead in interceptions.

"Reshad already knows that," Dobbs said. "He knows the heat is on. He knew the heat was on when I got my first one. I told everybody I was going to get another one, but nobody believed me."


Georgia's postseason prospects still remain a mystery, but wins in their final two games would likely send the Bulldogs to either the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla. against a Big Ten team or the Cotton Bowl in Dallas against a foe from the Big 12.

Either trip would be fine, quarterback Matthew Stafford said, but for different reasons.

With a few breaks, Georgia could face Ohio State in the Capital One Bowl, and Stafford sees that as a big-time matchup against a team that lost to SEC foes in the national championship game the past two years.

"I think that'd be cool," Stafford said. "It would be getting them up against another SEC team and a chance for them to kind of redeem themselves for what's happened the past couple years."

Of course, a trip to the Cotton Bowl would be a homecoming for Stafford, who grew up near Dallas.

"Obviously I'd like to play at home in front of some of my friends and family in Dallas," Stafford said. "I'd probably need to get about 50 tickets for that game which would be tough. But it'd be fun. I could advice Coach Richt on some good restaurants to go to."

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