Tight end Tripp Chandler, who dropped three passes Saturday night, will have to fight to keep his starting job this week, Coach Mark Richt said Sunday. “I would have to say that Tripp’s definitely got to improve. I think we’ve kind of proved that everybody’s job is up for grabs, we’re not just picking on Tripp.” True freshman Bruce Figgins appears the most likely candidate to replace Chandler if anyone does.
Cornerback Asher Allen led the Bulldogs with 11 tackles, but it was defensive end Marcus Howard who drew the most praise from Richt on Sunday. “Marcus has been really very productive for us,” Richt said. “He’s been playing the way Georgia defense should play. He’s been doing it every game. He’s one of the few guys winning in some one-on-one situations.” Howard had four tackles, one deflected pass and one quarterback hurry.
True freshman offensive guard Clint Boling’s performance is even more impressive considering he was injured in Tuesday’s practice, didn’t practice Wednesday and barely got any work Thursday. Having Friday off and all day Saturday to rest before a night game helped Boling, Richt said. “And then the guy is tough,” Richt said. “He was not 100 percent, and he played just about the whole game and played pretty stinking good. He really showed me something.” (Richt did not say what injury Boling had suffered.)
Quotable: “I haven’t been tired much yet, a lot of adrenaline I guess.” – Richt on getting two hours of sleep Sunday morning before going to church and going to work
Injuries: Junior Scott Haverkamp, who started the first three games of the season at guard, missed the Alabama game is doubtful for Saturday’s game against Ole Miss, Richt said. Haverkamp was injured in Tuesday’s practice, but Richt did not specify the nature of the injury but it is believed to be to his ankle. If Haverkamp can’t play, sophomore Vince Vance will be Georgia’s No. 1 backup at both tackle and guard positions, just like he was this week, Richt said. Starting defensive tackle Jeff Owens injured his ankle Saturday night, but Richt expects him to play this week. “I don’t think it’s too serious,” Richt said. “I think he’s probably trying to get out of agility drills (today). If you write that, say coach said that jokingly. … But I wonder sometimes with these guys.”
Up next: Ole Miss, Saturday, 1 p.m., Sanford Stadium (no TV)