BACK TO THE BENCH
He's the reigning SEC defensive lineman of the week, but that doesn't mean he'll be seeing a ton of action this week, head coach Mark Richt said.
Defensive end Montez Robinson earned his first serious playing time of the season against Tennessee Tech, racking up five tackles and two sacks while filling in for injured starter Justin Houston. But Houston's injured elbow appears healthy this week, and that means Robinson will be back to his role of backup.
While his big week didn't bump him up the depth chart, however, it wasn't without it's benefits.
"It'd be difficult to get him the same amount of reps he got last week with Justin being back, but he's progressing and gaining confidence in himself, and we're gaining more confidence in him," Richt said.
WAITING IN THE WINGS
There weren't many members of Georgia's 2009 signing class that haven't seen the field this season, and several of those being redshirted are due to injuries. But of the six healthy players still waiting their turn to see the field on game day, Richt said many have adopted a healthy attitude toward work on the scout team.
"The great majority of their life right now is being on the scout team, but they can get better by doing it," Richt said.
Quarterbacks Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger both earned praise from offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, who said that both have gotten far more work with the first- and second-team offenses in practice this season than past freshmen quarterbacks, due in part to starter Joe Cox's injury that keeps him from throwing on Wednesdays.
Linebacker Chase Vasser suffered a minor injury after a scooter accident on campus earlier this season, but Richt said he's healthy again and performing well. Georgia's two freshmen offensive linemen – Chris Burnette and Dallas Lee -- have helped the scout team look far more impressive than years past, too.
But the star of the redshirts, Richt said, might be defensive tackle Kwame Geathers, who has come particularly far from his first days on campus, when he arrived three days after the start of fall camp, slow and overweight.
"I don't know the number that he dropped, but it was probably in the 30-pound range if not more," Richt said. "That guy really did a phenomenal job of really getting his body down to where he could run and have some stamina."