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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tuesday Practice Notes (11/18)

Georgia's offensive line isn't likely to be any healthier when it takes on Georgia Tech in two weeks, but it will at least start with the same lineup for a second consecutive game.

Head coach Mark Richt said Tuesday he didn't expect injured right tackle Justin Anderson to play against the Yellow Jackets, but said sophomore Josh Davis was likely to earn a second straight start as Anderson's replacement.

Davis played well in Anderson's absence against Auburn last week as part of a line that didn't allow a sack and helped the Bulldogs rack up 136 rushing yards.

"I thought Josh had one of his best games," left tackle Clint Boling said. "He played hard, he played tough, finished blocks. I'm glad he was able to step in and play so well."

Davis started Georgia's opener at right tackle while Boling served a one-game suspension, but was relegated to the bench for most of the remainder of the season prior last week.

"I know Josh has been waiting a lot," Boling said. "People have gone down this year, and he's finally gotten his chance, and I think he's just stepping in and playing really well, embracing it and taking it upon himself to play well."

Richt said Anderson is recovering from a foot injury and could be healthy enough to play by game time but likely will not have had enough reps during practice to be ready for action.

"He's a guy, as most young guys are, he needs reps to make sure he's ready to play good enough," Richt said of Anderson, a redshirt freshman. "He might be ready by the game, but I doubt he'll have the reps to feel comfortable."

-- Kiante Tripp started the first three games of the season for Georgia at left tackle, but the sophomore had virtually disappeared from the Bulldogs' depth chart prior to Anderson's injury.

Tripp found his way into the lineup on several series against Auburn last week, however, and Richt said he looked good despite the limited role.

"He didn't play a lot, but he did well," Richt said. "I'm not going to promise, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him to get a few more reps during the game because he did well."

-- It may not be a firm commitment given the smirk on his face, but Georgia cornerback Asher Allen insists he's sticking around for another season of college football, despite being listed as one of the top junior corners in the country.

"I'm just chillin'," Allen said. "I've got to enjoy college. I'm just really, really enjoying it."

-- Geno Atkins said Tuesday he would definitely be back for his senior season, too. He won't be giving any advice, however, to his two teammates on the offensive side of the ball that could turn pro early.

"They've got to do whatever's best for them, really," Atkins said. "They'll do whatever they believe in."

-- Tight end Tripp Chandler missed three games earlier this season with a shoulder injury and was sidelined for much of the Auburn game last week with a knee injury, but Richt said he expects the senior to be out on the field when the Bulldogs play their final home game against Georgia Tech in two weeks.

"I don't think he has any injury that would keep him from playing," Richt said. "He'll be ready to play in the game, but I'm not positive whether he'll be able to practice full speed (today)."

-- Georgia's men's basketball team managed to escape with a 61-60 win over Eastern Michigan on Tuesday, one night after being trounced by Loyola of Chicago.

Georgia used a 16-2 run over a six minute stretch in the second half to erase an 11 point deficit in the consolation bracket of the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-off Tuesday at Mackey Arena.

The Bulldogs (2-1) trailed 53-42 with 8:48 left, but outscored the Eagles (1-2) 19-7 down the stretch. After Dustin Ware's three-pointer with 57 seconds remaining gave Georgia a 61-59 lead, Eastern Michigan's Brandon Bowdry hit the second of two free throws to pull the Eagles within one with 38 seconds left.

Georgia missed two free throws in the final 25 seconds, but Antonio Green's desperation shot at the buzzer came up short to give the Bulldogs a split in their two games in West Lafayette. Georgia will continue play in the consolation bracket with a pair of games next week. Opponents and game sites will be announced Wednesday.

"We feel fortunate, but I'm really proud of our players because they really had to tough this one out," head coach Dennis Felton said. "We came from 11 down after not having anything to feel good about, and we certainly were losing control of the game. We stopped settling for jump shots and found ways to get it in the paint. That's when we started to turn it around offensively."

-- Georgia sophomore diver Hannah Moore and freshmen swimmers Wendy Trott and Peter Benner earned weekly accolades by the Southeastern Conference for their efforts against Auburn last week.

Moore was named the SEC Diver of the Week, while Trott and Benner swept the SEC Freshman of the Week awards. Overall, Georgia swimming and diving has earned five weekly awards this season.

Moore and Trott earned two victories each in the No. 1 Lady Bulldogs 167-128 victory over No. 7 Auburn last Friday. Moore swept the 1- and 3-meter springboard events with scores of 280.12 and 283.12, respectively.

-- A bunch of college football coaching news courtesy of ESPN:

Michigan's Rich Rodriguez is lashing out at fans. Always a good sign.

My boss is going to shed a few tears now that there's no chance Clemson will be landing Will Muschamp.

Joe Pa isn't worrying about his future just yet.

Randy Edsall won't be the one turning around the Syracuse program.

And here's a nice piece on the man who ruined the program in the first place. I hate you, Greg Robinson.

Oh, and just in case you hadn't heard, the BCS to ESPN is a done deal.

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