USC Week: Wednesday Practice Report

Posted Sep 6, 2006

ATHENS - "Meet you at the quarterback² is a phrase often repeated by defensive ends during practice and games. During an 11-on-11 drill in Wednesday¹s workout, Georgia¹s Quentin Moses and Charles Johnson did just that except the quarterback saw them coming, stepped up in the pocket, and the two Bulldogs smashed in to each other and then remained on the ground for a few moments.

³We had a real, sickening, frightening feeling at that moment,² Georgia coach Mark Richt recounted after practice. "We thought we lost both of them on one play. I wondered if Coach Fabris was going to go in to cardiac arrest. However, they both got up and we were all relieved. It just shows they were practicing hard.²

The 12th-ranked Bulldogs (1-0, 0-0 SEC) have had two solid days of practice according to Richt as they prepare for their Southeastern Conference road opener with South Carolina (1-0, 1-0 SEC). Georgia held a two-hour practice, working on all phases of the game including preparing for South Carolina¹s unique rugby-style punting plan it sometimes employs.

Junior Mikey Henderson, who collected 133 yards in two punt returns including a touchdown against Western Kentucky in his debut last Saturday, continues to be hampered by a hamstring. He did light running Wednesday but did not practice.

³We¹re not going to push him, and right now he¹s more doubtful than questionable, but who knows, if he practices tomorrow, he might be probable,² Richt replied when Henderson¹s status for Saturday was raised.

In the meantime, freshman Asher Allen and sophomore Ramarcus Brown, both who returned punts last week in the season opener, will be the options for the Bulldogs.

³We feel good with them, but it¹s tough whoever we put back there including Mikey (Henderson) because none of them have a lot of experience,² said Richt. ³You have to judge the hop on their punts and if it¹s right, you get it, and if it¹s not, then you get out of the way.²

As is the case at all positions, Georgia relies on effort, and that was the response Richt gave when talk turned to the receivers, specifically junior A.J. Bryant.

³A.J. has been pushing himself and earning playing time,² said Richt. ³He did a great job last week and has earned a chance to start. That¹s the beauty of depth. No one can rest, you need to earn it. Competition is fierce. We have to find the ones who want to play the hardest and the ones that can make plays.²

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