Boykin Misses Practice

ATHENS - Sophomore cornerback Brandon Boykin sat out Wednesday's practice session because of an undisclosed illness, Richt said.

BOYKIN MISSES PRACTICE

Boykin has started all four games for Georgia this season and has one of the team's two interceptions. Following Tuesday's practice, however, Richt said Boykin wasn't feeling well, and coaches kept him out for precautionary reasons Wednesday.

"He doesn't feel good, but we think he'll practice (Thursday)," Richt said. "We think he'll be fine."

Georgia's secondary was already thin thanks to a knee sprain suffered by junior Vance Cuff against Arkansas. Cuff missed last week's game against Arizona State but returned to a limited practice Wednesday.

"Vance is practicing, and I would say he's probable also," Richt said. "I don't think he had a setback (Wednesday). He doesn't look full speed when it comes to change of direction yet, but he was out there working with the scouts and I think he finished."

CONFIDENCE IS KEY

Freshman receiver Marlon Brown hasn't seen much action in his first four games at Georgia, but that could change soon.

Richt said he chatted with Brown following Wednesday's practice to offer some encouragement, and he said he has been pleased with the progress Brown has made since the season began.

"I'm seeing a tremendous improvement in Marlon," Richt said. "He's smoothing his game out, and it's coming. (Tight end) Artie Lynch, same way. He's a guy who is improving rapidly, and their futures are very, very bright."

Still, for a highly recruited receiver on a team without much depth at the position, the lack of playing time came as a surprise, Brown said.

"I came in working hard. I knew I needed to lift a little more weights and get a little faster," Brown said. "Then camp came, and I was like, OK I had a pretty good camp. Then the season started, and I wasn't playing. I got down a little bit, but after a while I was like, ‘Forget it,' and I just decided I'd go out and grind every day at practice."

MURRAY THROWING AGAIN

Freshman quarterback Aaron Murray is back to throwing again after missing nearly two weeks with triceps tendonitis.

Murray said he began short tosses last week, progressing slowly each day.

"I started about 10 yards, the next day 20 yards, 30 yards," Murray said. "I pretty much did most of practice (Wednesday). It's feeling pretty good. No pain, no soreness, nothing."


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