September 6, 2010

Durham sees no change in Green

If A.J. Green is worried about whatever ruling comes down from the NCAA, teammate and fellow receiver Kris Durham said it's not showing.

Green was back working out with the Bulldogs Monday as they began preparations for Saturday's game at South Carolina, although there's still no word on when the NCAA will finally have an answer regarding his eligibility status.

"He was the same old A.J.," Durham said. "He's just trying not to let it affect him much because everything is out of his hands. He's waiting on whatever the situation is; whatever the decision is going to be."

Durham said he has no idea what the NCAA's issue with Green is, except to say he's anxious for his teammate to get back on the field.

"I'd say we're all anxious, then again he's probably had this one circled for a long time on his calendar," Durham said. "Hopefully, he'll be out there."

Ealey ready to contribute

Running back Washaun Ealey wasn't about to make any predictions. But whatever role coaches want him to play Saturday against South Carolina he'll be happy to try and fulfill.

That was certainly his approach last week as he served his one-game suspension following his arrest on Aug. 27 for driving with a suspended license and hit-and-run.

"I put myself on the scout team to give the defense a better look, a faster look, a more realistic look," said Ealey, who added he also had to spend extra time on the stationary bike along with a ton of extra push-ups.

The sophomore said he has yet to be told exactly how much he will play against the Gamecocks, although head coach Mark Richt has already indicated he'll certainly receive his share of opportunities.

"I can't really say what I'm going to do against South Carolina," he said. "All I can do is practice and continue to work hard."

Tavarres King says he's learned from mistake

Wide receiver Tavarres King says consider it a lesson learned.

That was the redshirt sophomore's response Monday when asked his one-game suspension for underage possession of alcohol.

"It was tough. To walk in Sanford Stadium and not dress out, seeing your teammates in full pads getting ready for a game that you should be in. It was extremely tough," King said. "People make mistakes. I made a mistake but I took responsibility for my actions, but I'm not thinking about that now. I'm just ready to move on with my life and help this team."

Freshman safety Alec Ogletree was also suspended for last week's game and Richt has indicated he too will return Saturday, but that has not been officially confirmed."

Smith, Bailey in exclusive club

Branden Smith cracked a wide smile when reminded that he had joined former great Champ Bailey to become the second Bulldog to start a game on defense, offense and special teams.

"Champ's the first and I'm the second; it definitely feels good to be mentioned in the same sentence as Champ," Smith said. "But that's behind me now. I'm focused on this week."

Of course, Smith has several reasons to be looking forward to Saturday's game.

Last year's contest against the Gamecocks served as a coming-out party for the Atlanta sophomore, who wowed the crowd with a 61-yard touchdown run, a play which Smith used to prove why he's considered one of Georgia's fastest players.

"This game will always be special to me because of that, but again, that was last year," Smith said. "That was a special moment. Hopefully I can have another special moment this year."

Dawgs back on the practice field

Monday's practice was closed to the media as the Bulldogs kicked off their preparations for the Gamecocks.

"We gave them a little taste of South Carolina (at today's practice)," Richt said. "We have got to do a good job of getting the plan together. South Carolina has got a couple of days on us. The earlier our staff gets the plan set, the earlier our guys can get after it. We want them to be able to play hard, fast and physical."

Also, Richt announced the captains for Saturday's game will be Shaun Chapas on offense, Akeem Dent and Justin Houston on defense, and Shawn Williams on special teams.

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