Arkansas Week: Thursday News and Notes

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

BANKS OUT AGAIN

Safety Quintin Banks was cleared for action last week following a knee injury suffered during fall camp, but the problem flared up again during practice this week, and head coach Mark Richt said he won't make the trip to Arkansas.

Richt said the knee problem was nothing more than swelling, however, and he expects Banks to return to practice next week.

"He's coming off an injury that he's on the front end of when he could come back and he looked good, but it puffed up on him and that's typical," Richt said. "You just kind of back down and get the swelling out and try again."

Richt said that defensive end Kiante Tripp and linebacker Darius Dewberry will also miss the game at Arkansas, but Williams, tailback Caleb King and offensive lineman Josh Davis, each of whom missed last week's game, will all be on the trip.

ANDERSON GETS THE START

Justin Anderson will start his second straight game at right guard Saturday, with Cordy Glenn working at left guard and Chris Davis coming off the bench.

Richt said Anderson looked sharp against South Carolina, and the coaches are anxious to allow the sophomore to continue to gain experience.

"He's a good football player but he's like any young guy, kind of up and down," Richt said. "Sometimes you worry about how they'll do in the course of a game, but as we always realize in the end, the more you play him the better he gets, the more comfortable he gets."

Richt said the overall effort by the offensive line was strong a week ago, despite the offense totaling just 307 yards in the game.

"We pass protected pretty good, and we ran the ball well. I thought the line played pretty good, and some of the issues we had in total yards was just the number of plays we ran."

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE

Defensive end Cornelius Washington recorded the first sack of his career in the first half against South Carolina last week, and Richt said the play was a perfect example of why coaches are so high on the redshirt freshman.

"There's another example of a freshman who's getting to play and is just going to get better in a hurry," Richt said. "I thought he improved a lot from Game 1 to Game 2."

Richt said Washington engaged his blocker and pushed him back into the quarterback before breaking free for the sack – a technique the coaches teach in order to prevent the quarterback from knowing which way to scramble.

"That was really a clinic on that one particular play, and it just shows what he's capable of," Richt said. "Now he just needs to get consistent at it."


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