August 21, 2009: Georgia News and Notes

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

WHAT A RELIEF

Richt said it looked bad when sophomore center Ben Jones collapsed with a sprained ankle Wednesday, but it turns out the injury doesn't appear too serious.

Jones suffered a lateral sprain of his left ankle which resulted in some significant swelling, but Richt said there's virtually no chance Jones will miss any playing time.

"I'd be shocked if he didn't play (against Oklahoma State)," Richt said. "He really is day to day. When it happened, it looked worse than it ended up being. I wouldn't be shocked to see him get some work next week."

TO BE DETERMINED

Georgia president Michael Adams announced dates all school employees must take mandatory furloughs Thursday, but Richt said things remain undecided as to when the Bulldogs' coaching staff will be on vacation.

The dates set by Adams would require Georgia's coaches to take off work the day before the Bulldogs play Florida along with another day during Georgia Tech week.

While Richt said he'll be meeting with athletics director Damon Evans next week to discuss how best to work around the furloughs, he said he isn't expecting any time off during a crucial period of the season.

"If the university needs to do it, then we need to cooperate," Richt said. "My guess is, I don't know if we've ever had a day off during the season, so I really doubt that we'll be able to just stay home and relax."

PLANS HAVEN'T CHANGED

Before opening fall camp, Richt said he expected all of his true freshmen linebackers, defensive backs, wide receivers, tight ends and running backs to play this season. Three weeks into the preseason, things are still going according to plan.

"The majority of them are still absolutely in the race," Richt said. "Some are right in the thick of it, and some of them are kind of right on the fringe, but they're still battling, still working."

Among the most likely to play are tight ends Orson Charles and Arthur Lynch, wideouts Marlon Brown and Rantavious Wooten, cornerback Branden Smith and linebacker Michael Gilliard.

While several others are still working to secure playing time, Richt said finals decisions on redshirts aren't likely to come until after the fourth game of the season.

"You just don't know with injuries and you don't know who's going to perk up all of a sudden," Richt said. "Once we get into a little bit of a different routine and everything becomes a little more familiar, they start to play a little faster and they're not as confused. So all of a sudden a guy who you didn't think had a chance after scrimmage No. 2 has a lot of life."


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