Figgins Makes Decision

ATHENS - Junior tight end Bruce Figgins missed the first six games of the season following a suspension for a violation of team rules.


But he decided this week that he'll instead sit out the entire season.

Figgins underwent offseason shoulder surgery, but he said the redshirt decision was based on more than health. Having already missed half the season, Figgins decided it was best to finish his rehabilitation and start with a clean slate in 2010.

"There's pros and cons to either, but Coach Richt came to the conclusion that I should take a red shirt and we're rolling with that, and I'm looking forward to next year," Figgins said.


Tavarres King and Caleb King each returned to limited practice Tuesday after both missed last week's game with concussions.

Caleb King figures to be in the mix at tailback, where Bobo said there will be an open competition for carries this week.

Tavarres King expects to step back into his role as the team's starting receiver opposite A.J. Green. King's absence last week left Georgia with just five healthy receivers, and watching his offense struggle without him was difficult, he said.

"It hurt really bad watching my teammates and wanting to be out there," he said.

While neither player participated in contact drills Tuesday, Tavarres King said he's on track to play against Vanderbilt.

"I did everything that I could, just limited contact," he said. "I expect to play."

Cornerback Vance Cuff saw limited action last week following a knee injury, but Richt said he should get in a full week of practice this week and is in line for an increased role on defense against the Commodores.

Linebackers Akeem Dent and Marcus Dowtin are both unlikely to play this week, Richt said. Both are expected back after the team's off week.


After some speculation earlier this month that Georgia could move its annual matchup against in-state rival Georgia Tech to the Georgia Dome for the 2011 season opener, athletics director Damon Evans said Tuesday that the school had decided against the plan.

"After careful consideration, we did not think in the final analysis it was in the best interest of our football program to play the game as a season opener in 2011," Evans said. "I think the most significant factor was that we did not want to give up the home game that year and make a change in the current home game rotation with Georgia Tech."

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