Green Going Again

ATHENS - After missing three-and-a-half of the past four games, All-SEC wide receiver A.J. Green is expected to be fully healthy for Georgia's bowl game against the Aggies.

GREEN FEELING GOOD

"He'll be in some non-contact probably most of the bowl practice, but as we get closer to the game, we are going to let him get a little block and full-speed and some things that might let him know he's confident that it feels fine," Richt said.

While Richt is approaching with caution, Green, who missed the final two games of the year with a separated shoulder, said he already feels pretty good – even diving for a few balls during Wednesday's practice.

"I feel pretty good," Green said. "It's close to 100 percent. I've got my range of motion back, and it's getting better each day."

CHANGES ON SPECIAL TEAMS

The departures of ends coach Jon Fabris and linebackers coach John Jancek had an impact beyond the defense. Georgia also had to find replacements for the roles those coaches had on special teams.

Richt said tight ends coach John Lilly has taken over most of the special teams duties at practice this week, while grad assistants Todd Hartley and Mitch Doolittle are splitting duties overseeing the kickoff team.

Of course, the bigger question on Richt's plate might be how special teams will be handled next season. Georgia has used its position coaches to divvy up responsibilities on special teams through most of Richt's tenure, but Wednesday he said he wouldn't rule out hiring a full-time special teams coach for next year.

"It has to start with the defensive coordinator and then just see what that gentleman feels like he needs to succeed and then move from there," Richt said. "We'll definitely have our special teams covered one way or another. Whether or not there will be a special teams coordinator, I wouldn't predict that right now, but to say I hadn't thought of that as a possibility, I've thought about that."

EXTRA POINTS: Suspended defensive end Montez Robinson will not travel for the bowl game, Richt said… Punter Drew Butler was named to the Associated Press All-America team Tuesday… Freshman tight end Orson Charles was named to the Sporting News Freshman All-America team.


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