INJURY UPDATE: Linebacker Brandon Miller will not make the trip to Nashville, Tenn., for Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt due to his calf injury, but wide receiver Mikey Henderson, who has a sore hamstring, will. Henderson may or not play, head coach Mark Richt said.
“(Henderson) has a medical clearance to play, but he doesn’t feel 100 percent and he feels like if we do too much it could cause a problem,” Richt said.
Richt would like to be able to take injured seniors on road trips for leadership but usually doesn’t because the SEC allows teams to take only 70 players to conference road games and injured players count against that number.
Richt still considered taking injured running back Thomas Brown this week but decided against it. He may try to convince his coaching colleagues to push for a change in that rule this spring, he said.
“I think that would be a good rule change because it would make life a whole lot easier on those kind of decisions,” Richt said. “He is a guy you would like to be there.”
GO-TO GUY?: Georgia’s wide receivers have to start making the most of their opportunities, and that should start with senior Sean Bailey, wide receivers coach John Eason said this week.
Bailey has had just one catch for 14 yards in the last two games after amassing 16 for 237 in the first four games.
“It’s difficult to pinpoint (why),” Eason said. “We’ve talked about focus and learning to push through, and that’s what he has to do.”
The Bulldogs aren’t getting as many chances to catch passes as they’d like because of quarterback protection issues.
“Any opportunity they have to make a play down the field, they have to make it,” Eason said. “We can’t afford to go down the field and drop passes or not make plays because we may not have that many opportunities.”
AFTERSHOCK: Vanderbilt still is feeling the effect of last year’s 24-22 win over Georgia, head coach Bobby Johnson said.
“I think our players have a little bit more confidence than they have ever had, and it has probably helped us recruit in Georgia a little bit,” he said. “That’s real big because we like to recruit in Georgia.”
Vanderbilt signed three players from Georgia last year and has a verbal commitment for one this year – Grayson High School linebacker Tristan Strong.
POSITIVE APPROACH: Richt doesn’t blame Georgia fans for being bummed out by Saturday’s 35-14 loss to Tennessee, he said.
“That was a bummer of a game,” he said.
At the same time, he isn’t worried about anyone who thinks his program is on the decline.
“Tennessee thought the sky had already fallen, and then they did what they did to us,” Richt said. “It’s natural for the fans to get emotional. When we win, they get excited. When we lose, they get down in the dumps.”