Arizona State Week: Tuesday News and Notes

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


After his defense allowed 41 points against Arkansas – a second straight lackluster performance – defensive coordinator Willie Martinez said some changes could be in store.

Arkansas had numerous big plays, and Georgia struggled to stop the opposing passing game for the second straight week. The Bulldogs have allowed 721 passing yards in the past two games, and nearly all of the members of the defensive backfield have been beaten at least once, and Martinez said he thinks it's time to see what some of his younger players can do.

"We're going to get some other guys some more opportunities," Martinez said. "We've got some young players we're trying to get in there."

Redshirt freshman Sanders Commings will see action at both safety and cornerback, Martinez said, while Baccari Rambo has earned additional playing time at safety as well.

"We're going to play Baccari Rambo more," Martinez said. "I should have played him more in this past ballgame just because of the amount of reps."


For the second straight week, Georgia played without two of its top linebackers, as Darius Dewberry and Akeem Dent missed the game against Arkansas, both with sore hamstrings. Martinez said both could miss this week's contest against Arizona State as well.

"We'd like to have them back, but they're still questionable," Martinez said. "We hope to get them back, because it's important."

Dewberry and Nick Williams missed the game against South Carolina two weeks ago, but while Williams was able to return last week, Dent was a surprise scratch.

The absence of the veteran linebacker was obvious, Rennie Curran said, as the use of several younger players caused some problems in coverage.

"There were plays that could have been made that he normally would have made if he was out there," Curran said of Dent. "We've got young guys in that were a little confused at times, and that's going to happen when a guy goes down."

Despite Martinez's cautious approach, Curran said he was optimistic Dent could be ready to play this weekend.

"I feel like he'll be able to come back this week," he said. "He's a warrior, and he fights through everything."


It looked much worse than it actually was when cornerback Vance Cuff was helped off the field in the second half against Arkansas last week. Cuff suffered an MCL sprain and is day to day, and the junior didn't participate in Tuesday's practice.

Despite his absence, Richt said he remained optimistic that Cuff could be ready for Saturday's home date with the Sun Devils.

"At this point, I'd say it's possible that he plays," Richt said. "We're more hopeful than not. If he can't do anything at all tomorrow, we'd probably get a little discouraged, but (trainer) Ron (Courson) feels like he is going to have a chance."

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