Banks Questionable for Bowl

ATHENS - Reserve safety Quintin Banks suffered a neck sprain during Sunday's practice that could cost him a chance to play in the Independence Bowl next week.

Banks, who has battled myriad injuries in his career, had seen increased playing time down the stretch with freshman Bacarri Rambo out, but he suffered a sprained neck while making a hit during Sunday's practice. He was taken to the hospital for observation, but Richt said the results were all positive.

"All his extremities are moving just fine," Richt said. "He got discharged from the hospital last night. They evaluated him but everything looks real positive."

Banks was also scheduled to start on several special teams units, and Richt said that could still happen if things improve throughout this week.

"I wouldn't count him out right now," Richt said. "We'll just have to wait and see."

Special teams stay the same

Georgia will have plenty of new input on specials teams in its bowl game, with two graduate assistants handling kickoffs and tight ends coach John Lilly taking over punt returns, but Richt said there won't be any drastic changes on either unit in terms of philosophy.

"It's kind of like defense," Richt said. "You don't want to re-invent everything. It's hard to do in such a short amount of time. There's not a big difference."

Keeping in touch

Former defensive coordinator Willie Martinez may be gone, but he's hardly forgotten.

Several of Georgia's players said they have spoken with Martinez since he and two other assistants were dismissed earlier this month, and cornerback Brandon Boykin said Martinez had a specific message for him.

"He told me he'll call me if I'm doing bad on the field and critique me," Boykin said. "We'll continue to talk."

Several players, including Boykin and linebacker Rennie Curran, said it was difficult to talk to their former coach after the changes occurred, but all said they hoped to stay in touch in the future. Boykin said he even planned to see Martinez in person.

"I'm not sure what he's going to do, but I'll probably go by his house and just see him," Boykin said. "We have a good relationship and I want that to continue."


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