2009 Fall Camp: Day Nine News and Notes

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


The injury news continued to roll in Thursday, and the bug continued to bite safety Quintin Banks.

"He hurt his knee. He'll have to get [the cartilage] cleaned up, probably three weeks for that," Richt said. "It shouldn't cost him the season, and it may or may not cost him the first game."

Banks tore the MCL in his left knee during preseason workouts last year before finally playing in the Tennessee game. He tore the PCL in his same knee the next week.

This time around, it was the right knee.

With senior Reshad Jones out for the near future with a hamstring injury, redshirt freshman Bacarri Rambo is now the No. 1 guy. Walk-on Josh Murray is also out with a minor shoulder injury, so Richt anticipates Makiri Pugh, another redshirt freshman, to split time between his usual position in the nickel spot and Banks' void at strong safety.

"Makiri certainly has the ability to do both," Richt said.


As if the injuries weren't bad enough for the Bulldogs Thursday, add this to the mix — a far from stellar practice.

"I would say my overriding feeling from that practice is that the practice beat us. We didn't win the day today," Richt said. "We made way too many mistakes. They were hot, they were tired and I thought they gave into that more so than any day in the camp. I didn't think they had given into it until today, actually."

Richt had given mostly overwhelming praises both through the spring and thus far this fall. But, whatever the reason, the day before its third two-a-day practice of camp, Georgia didn't have it Thursday.

"We just looked sloppy on a lot of things," Cox said. "We had a lot of guys on both sides of the ball that had penalties, and missed assignments. And every now and then it happens. Everybody's going to have one day where everybody's mind kind of goes off somewhere else and people start messing up. But we did our running for it, and we all talked about it and know that it can't be that way."

Cox merely said they did "plenty" of running, and the offensive line was pushing sleds well after the rest of the team was off the field. Tomorrow, they'll look to regain the discipline they say they've had all fall.

"A lot of times so many people are worried about what they have to do on the play that they're not thinking about the little things like staying in there on a hard count or taking the proper steps," Cox said. "It's just one of those things where you have a lack of focus. So it's something we have to do as leaders, just staying on everybody, making sure we concentrate on the little things, and pay attention to detail."

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