September 29, 2010

Richt doesn't expect many changes on line

Georgia coach Mark Richt appeared to catch himself in mid-sentence when asked about the situation at right guard.

Junior Tanner Strickland is once again scheduled to start Saturday in place of Chris Davis, who has been hampered the past two weeks with hip and knee injuries. Strickland has started the past two contests.

"Right now it's Davis and Strickland, although we could see (Clint) Boling play there more or. …that's about where we're at," Richt. "But we'll probably see more of Strickland and Davis than we will Boling right now."

According to Richt, Boling will only slide over to right guard when Trinton Sturdivant is inserted into the game at left tackle.

The rest of Georgia's starting offensive line will remain the same with Cordy Glenn at left guard, Ben Jones at center and Josh Davis at right tackle. The only change on the depth chart since last week has redshirt sophomore A.J. Harmon as the top backup to Josh Davis at right tackle.

Offensive line coach Stacy Searels did not make himself available for interviews and UGASports was told Boling would not be available for interviews Wednesday, either.

Dawgs practice in heavy rain

The Bulldogs practiced in a heavy downpour Wednesday, but Richt said he left the two-hour practice relatively pleased.

"It (the rain) came right when we started stretching, but it was good to get out there and get the work in," said Richt. "I don't think it's going to rain in Colorado, but it was a good day and we got it in."

Richt added he's not worried about the altitude in Boulder, listed at 5,400 under feet above sea level.

"I haven't mentioned it because there's nothing really you can do about it except do a good job with your personnel," Richt said. "It's like a hot day in the south, you just have to treat it like the same and make sure we substitute."

Butler no stranger to Mile High altitude

Punter Drew Butler knows what it's like to kick the ball in the mile-high altitude of Denver.

This past May, Butler spent the month in Denver visiting his good friend Tom Donatell, a safety with the Iowa Hawkeyes. Donatell, the son of Denver Bronco secondary coach Ed Donatell, played high school with Butler at Peachtree Ridge.

"I don't think it will be anything too drastic, maybe a few yards and a couple of extra seconds of hang time," Butler said. "But it will be fun kicking the ball in that thin air and see how it flies."

Kicker Blair Walsh has never kicked in that kind of altitude, but he too is looking forward to see how far the bar will travel.

In fact, Walsh is already planning during warm-ups to see if he can kick a field goal from 70-yards.

"I got 67 last week and banked it off the bottom (of the cross bar) during warm-ups," Walsh said. "But I'll try 70, for sure. You can't go out there and not try it at least once."

Sailors thrilled with Captain's honor

Redshirt freshman Blake Sailors laughed that he thought Richt was confused during the team's weekly honor role when he heard his name called out as one of the team captains for Saturday night's game at Colorado.

"At First he said Blair and then Sailors, and I was kind of looking around," said Sailors, who will represent the special teams at midfield for Saturday's coin flip. "When I finally realized it was me, I just got this huge adrenalin rush. It was exciting to get the honor."

Sailors earned the honor after making two tackles on kickoff coverage last weekend against Mississippi State.

This and that

Injury update: Wide receiver Kris Durham (pinched nerve) is expected to play. … Richt said he spoke briefly with former Florida coach and mentor Bobby Bowden who was in town for a book signing and to address the Athens Quarterback Club. Richt said he even got Bowden to sign a football. "All this time, and I never got an autograph from Coach," Richt said. … Saturday night's contest will be televised by FSN. Joel Meyers, Joel Klatt and Jim Knox will have the call.

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