Dawgs Have Friday Practice: News and Notes

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

PLAYING WITH PAIN

Cornerback-turned-safety Bryan Evans is doing all he can to get on the field for Georgia's appearance at the Capital One Bowl.

The junior injured his right foot against Georgia Tech and returned to practice for the first time Wednesday, but said he isn't close to being fully healed.

"It's doing better," Evans said. "It's kind of sore but I think I can push through it."

Evans said he hopes to continue to increase his practice level in order to be eligible to play against Michigan State.

"If I don't practice, I don't play," he said, "so I've got to do something out there."

ANOTHER ONE OUT

Special teams captain and reserve safety Andrew Williams injured his knee earlier this week, requiring surgery, but Richt said he expected the sixth-year senior to be available for Georgia's bowl game.

"They cleaned him up with a scope," Richt said. "When you repair it, you're out for a good bit. When it's un-reparable, you can kind of shave off that piece and you can go easily in a two-week period, so he'll be there."

BACK TO WORK

Richt cancelled Friday's practice session due to a severely limited roster of available players. Nearly 40 players were out with various injuries, while 10 more were busy attending graduation ceremonies.

Richt said he expected several of the injured players back at work when the Bulldogs open bowl practice in Orlando on Dec. 26. Among those he said should be healthy enough to play are wide receiver A.J. Green (groin), tight end Tripp Chandler (knee), wide receiver Kris Durham (hand), fullback Brannan Southerland (knee), Evans and Williams. One player who won't be ready, Richt said, is linebacker Darryl Gamble, who is recovering from a broken leg.

"We do hope to have a good bit of them back," Richt said. "There's a handful of guys we think will be back to practice at the bowl site. We'll be OK."

KEEPING THE FAITH

Freshman kicker Blair Walsh has endured his fair share of scrutiny this season, particularly down the stretch as he missed several short field goals and struggled on kickoffs. Since the regular season ended, Walsh has stopped speaking with the media, instead focusing on ironing the kinks out of his game, but Richt said his kicker has remained confident.

"We didn't have as many attempts for him, that was part of it," Richt said. "We made a couple decisions to punt or to go for it a couple times. But he's handling it fine."


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