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Smith on Standby

ATHENS – Sophomore Branden Smith, a starting candidate at cornerback, missed Georgia's football practice Monday because of what coach Mark Richt called "academic issues."

Richt said he could not be more specific. "Branden is actually working through some academic issues right now," Richt said. "So he's just working on that." The situation does not appear to be long term. Richt said he expected it resolved "soon," possibly by the end of the week. In the meantime, Richt said anyone who can play corner opposite projected starter Brandon Boykin is working there...

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