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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Richt on Ealey's injury, Houston on the NFL, and more

Georgia head coach Mark Richt still thinks Washaun Ealey’s knee is fine and he will play on Saturday. But he admitted that the sophomore tailback would have still been limited had the Bulldogs held a full-practice on Wednesday.

Instead the rain forced the team to do a walk-through.

“It’s bothering him right now,” Richt said of Ealey. “But in a few days it’ll subside, and you add a little adrenaline, and it’ll be fine.”

Ealey said after Tuesday’s practice that he had a Grade 1 MCL sprain. Richt on Wednesday described it as more of a bone bruise.

“I don’t even know who’s gonna start right now,” Richt said. “If Washaun had been healthy the whole week, it would’ve been him. But that’s something I’ll have to discuss with (offensive coordinator Mike) Bobo and (running backs) coach (Bryan) McClendon, and decide what’s best.”

- Branden Smith has been cleared to practice and should play against Florida. The cornerback and punt return man has missed the past three games after sustaining his second concussion of the season.

- The rain forced Georgia inside, and caused an alteration in their normal practice plan. But Richt said they won’t try to make up for it Thursday.

“I think the information we needed to cover was covered,” Richt said. “But there’s nothing like doing it. So I wish we could’ve done it today.”

The Bulldogs had to use the Ramsey student center. Richt said only half-jokingly that he was trying to get into the school’s unfinish indoor practice facility. He pointed out that the field turf is down.

“I just thought if we went in through an outside door, then went right back out, and didn’t do anything else. But they wouldn’t let me in,” Richt said.

Actually, now that I play the tape back, I'm not sure whether Richt was joking or not.

- With all the bad off-field news his program has endured, Richt was happy to bring up the fact Georgia ranked second in the SEC in the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate. That was released Wednesday.

“Of course Vanderbilt was No. 1, and Georgia was No. 2,” Richt said. “That’s great news for all our players that have worked so hard, and our academic people. Certainly not as high as we want it to be, but considering a lot of people like to compare numbers in the league, and we’re No. 2.”

Richt pointed out that the team’s Academic Progress Rate was also No. 2 this year. When it was pointed out that the team’s GSR was higher than Georgia Tech, Richt said: “Is that right? I didn’t say that.”

- I’ll have a bigger story in Thursday’s papers on Justin Houston. But since I didn’t include it, here’s his response to The Question, of whether he’s thought about possibly leaving a year early for the NFL draft:

“I try my hardest not to thing about that at all,” Houston said. “I just want to take it a game at a time, and just focus on this season. When the time gets here, I’ll think about it then, but right now I just want to focus on this season.”

- Houston was also asked about having a half-sack taken away from him at Kentucky, after coaches watched tape. That happened before, when a sack was taken away at South Carolina.

Yes, the only ones that can stop Houston this season are Georgia’s coaches.

“Uh, yeah, if you say so,” Houston said, smiling.


Anonymous said...

Houston will go pro after this year barring any injuries and what-not. Mark it down.

Chris said...

As much as I hate to admit it, I agree with Anon. I would love to see Houston come back and try for the all-time sack record, but he's too good not to go pro.

diving duck said...

Easy on those bold predictions, Anon. Too much accountability to be wrong. If you aren't right about this your career is done for.

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one who doesn't like that we won't alter the practice plan to account for what counts as a missed day? I'd like to think that with such a crucial game coming up (with the SEC East hanging in the balance) that maybe we'd try to get as much meaningful practice as possible, instead of settling for walk-throughs. Seth, are the coaches at all nervous about how this might affect the readiness of the team? Especially since Meyer is making "alterations" to their offense? I mean, he even said "There's nothing like doing it," so why not follow through on that? Am I missing something here?

Anonymous said...

NFL Player lockout looming.

CSA said...

Anon 9:42,

While I haven't always trusted the judgement of our entire coaching staff, but they're probably right on this one, especially in terms of keeping the players fresh and ready to go on Saturday. Then again, I'll eat those words if we look clueless on Saturday.

Anonymous said...

Anon- I have to agree with CSA. You don't want your players to be exhausted before they even step onto the field. It sucks that we had to alter our schedule, but if that's the reason why we lose the game on Saturday, then we have bigger problems than anything one practice could've fixed.

Willb said...

I think Houston is a future first round pick but I don't know if he is quite there yet. He might still be a second or even third round player if he enters now. If he stays another year he is a for sure first round pick assuming he doesn't get injured.

Saying that I would be surprised if he didn't go pro. It seems that every ga player that has a chance to get drafted leaves if they can. Schools like ok and Ohio st are able to get some of there best players to stay even after there first round projected players. A ga players hears he might be a third round pick his junior year and he's out.

Imagine if he and aj stayed though! Aside from them were gonna lose dent, boling, durham and some other good players that don't come to mind right now. This is the way college works and I know we will be good regardless but it would be great if we got aj and Houston to stay though.

Get an Umbrella said...

The bigger problem is that practice was cancelled because of rain. Because if rain. Practice was cancelled because of rain. Rain forced Georgia inside.

This would be funny if it wasn't so damned sad.