La-Monroe Week - Monday News and Notes

La-Monroe Week - Monday News and Notes

ATHENS - News and notes from Georgia's practice.

Defensive line coach Rodney Garner still is considering playing true freshman Kade Weston, even though the tackle hasn't seen the field in the first two games.

"Worst-case scenario, it's 50-50 right now," said Garner, who added he's troubled by the lack of "dependable depth" at defensive tackle.

LATE NIGHT: Georgia's players will have to sleep in the morning of Sept. 24. That day's football game against Mississippi State has been scheduled for 9 p.m. ET so it can be shown on ESPN2. It will be the Bulldogs' first appearance in that time slot since a 1997 game at Vanderbilt.

STEADY PROGRESS: Despite struggling against South Carolina, the Bulldogs moved up two spots in the Associated Press rankings, rising to No. 7. Losses by Iowa and Ohio State, both of whom were ranked above Georgia last week, created room for the movement.

There are four SEC teams in the top seven this week, led by LSU at No. 3. Tennessee is No. 5 and Florida is No. 6.

STILL TOP TEN: Quarterback D.J. Shockley fell from No. 2 in the nation in passing efficiency to No. 10 following his 8 of 17 performance against South Carolina. Shockley threw two interceptions and no touchdowns.

South Carolina's Blake Mitchell went from No. 1 to No. 13. He was 22 of 34 for 236 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions against the Bulldogs.

SEC HONORS: Senior Dennis Roland was named the conference's offensive lineman of the week on Monday. Roland graded out at 95 percent and had two "dominator" blocks in Saturday's 17-15 win over South Carolina.

On the flip side, South Carolina freshman Carlos Thomas was named SEC freshman of the week for his efforts against the Bulldogs. The Georgia native had a 4-yard run, a 5-yard catch and an interception in the end zone against Georgia.

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