Could Davis Miss Bowl?

ATHENS - Heralded as one of the saviors of Georgia's running game, right tackle Josh Davis could be in jeopardy of missing the Independence Bowl with a sprained ankle.

Davis, who was inserted into the starting lineup against Vanderbilt, helped revitalize Georgia's offensive line and sparked a renewed rushing attack, but injured his ankle during Wednesday's practice. He has not practiced since, but head coach Mark Richt said the team is hopeful that Davis will be able to play by the time the Bulldogs hit the field against Texas A&M on Dec. 28.

"He's not practicing right now but the good news is that there's a lot of time between now and then and no other obligations but to get treatment two or three times a day," Richt said. "We're all hopeful."

Clint Boling opened the season at right tackle but has since moved to the left side, meaning Justin Anderson or Vince Vance would be the likely replacements if Davis is unable to play.

"Right now I think we'd put Vince in there first, but that doesn't mean that's how it will go," Richt said. "But between Vince and (Anderson), that would be the next logical choice."

Geathers on the go?

Richt has lauded freshman defensive tackle Kwame Geathers for his efforts to get his body into shape this season, and Geathers even earned the defensive scout team player of the year award at the Bulldogs' annual end-of-season gala, but defensive tackles coach Rodney Garner said the future remains a bit unclear for the freshman.

Geathers arrived late this fall after a delay in his academic qualification by the NCAA and he struggled badly with his conditioning early on. He has shed more than 35 pounds from his frame since then, however, and Garner said Geathers is ready for playing time next year. He's just not sure whether that action will come on offense or defense.

"I think Kwame's worked really hard," Garner said. "He's a great young man. We've just got to find a spot that he can help the team the quickest."

Asked if that meant a transition to the offensive line could be in store for Geathers, Garner said it was a possibility, but nothing had been determined so far.

"He could play anywhere," Garner said. "We've just got to find the best place for him and wherever is the best place for the team."

Making the grade

While fall semester grades are still trickling in for Georgia's players, Richt said he doesn't anticipate any problems among the team in remaining eligible to play in the bowl game.

"I've heard no concern that we're on the ropes with anybody," Richt said. "Usually by now if there was something cooking I would have heard something from an academic counselor that we're waiting on this one with pins and needles. I don't think we're in that situation."

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