Off Week: Thursday News and Notes

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's news and notes from Georgia's fall practices.

INJURY UPDATE: Wide receiver A.J. Bryant has been jogging on his injured knee this week and thinks there's a good chance he'll be back for the Florida game, he said Thursday.

"I feel like there's a real good chance they way my knee is feeling right now," he said.

Linebacker Brandon Miller did not practice this week but expects to practice next week and will play against the Gators, he said.

CMU GAME OFFICIAL: Georgia confirmed Thursday it will play Central Michigan in 2008 and also announced an opponent for the 2011 season.

The Bulldogs and Chippewas have signed a memorandum of understanding to play on Sept. 6 of next year in Sanford Stadium. Georgia will pay Central Michigan $750,000 for the game.

"It's good to know who you're going to play and be able to get your mind right," Richt said. "I knew sooner or later we would (fill that spot). It's not as easy as you think to call somebody and strike a deal."

The Chippewas backed out of an agreement to play Mississippi State in order to schedule the Georgia game.

The Bulldogs also added a 2011 game against Coastal Carolina University, which is in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA).

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Vince Faison, a former member of The Telegraph's Sweet 16, is returning to college football, but he won't be playing at Georgia.

Faison signed with the Bulldogs in 1999 but decided to try professional baseball and signed a contract with the San Diego Padres. He has decided to give up baseball and play football for the University of Tennessee, he told radio station Y-101 in his Toombs County home.

"I gave it nine years in baseball, and (football) has always been stuck in the back of my mind," he told the radio station.

Faison was a USA Today honorable mention All-American for Toombs County. He decided to sign with the Volunteers because Tennessee assistant coach Greg Adkins recruited him for Georgia eight years ago and maintained contact.

"I'm going to be a little rusty going back out there," he said, but "I think I can go back out there and play on defense right away." v Faison was taken with the 20th overall pick of the Major League draft and given a $1.4 million signing bonus by the Padres, but never advanced past Class AA baseball. He decided several years ago to think about football again if he hadn't made the major leagues by 26, he said.

"I'm just not getting any younger," he said.

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