November 29, 2011

Dawgs getting healthier?

With the SEC Championship now just three days away, 12th-ranked Georgia received some potentially good news regarding some of their walking wounded Tuesday.

According to defensive line coach Rodney Garner, defensive end DeAngelo Tyson has improved since Monday, while offensive guard Dallas Lee practiced for the first time since breaking a bone in his leg against Florida and has not played since.

"He worked some today," offensive line coach Will Friend said after practice Tuesday. "Today was really his first day of being able to get some work in, and he actually moved around and did some things pretty good. We'll see where it goes from there."

Garner liked what he saw from Tyson as well.

"I think he's got a chance; I think we get him back. I'd say he's probably more than not," Garner said. "I hope we have him back there. I definitely think he's better today than yesterday; I think he'll be ready to go."

Running back Richard Samuel appears more doubtful.

Although running backs coach Brian McClendon remains "hopeful," Samuel did not practice Tuesday and if he's not able to go Wednesday or Thursday, won't be allowed to play.

"We definitely wouldn't just throw the guy out there and expect him to play good against a team like this," McClendon said.

Friend said Lee worked mostly with the scout team on Tuesday.

"I held him back," Friend said. "It was scout team work just to let him get in and move around some. There's a chance (he could play), but that's something for Ron (team trainer Ron Courson) to decide, obviously, but he got some work in today."

Garner confirmed that Tyson's injury came on the game's first snap when he was cut away from the play. On the following play, Georgia Tech was penalized 15 yards for a chop block on nose Jonathan Jenkins.

"I'm so disappointed in the way they call blocks and they talk about protecting the players. I don't know about that," Garner said. "They were flagged on the next play, but he (Tyson) got hurt on the first play. I didn't realize how bad it was hurt. He tried to gut it out and they called the guard for a chop block on Big John on the second play, but it was the other one where he (Tyson) got hurt. He was chasing the reverse, the lineman peeled back and he (Tyson) wasn't in the line of his vision to see."

Crowell, Malcome practicing well

McClendon said freshman Isaiah Crowell practiced with no problem Tuesday, showing no effects from the ankle injury which kept him out of last week's game against Georgia Tech.

"It looks like everything is going how it's supposed used to," McClendon said. "But today is Tuesday so we'll see what happens."

McClendon said Ken Malcome continues to show positive signs.

"I think after Ken worked through those issues he was having, all he's done is progress which is great to see," McClendon said. "It's what you hoped would happen. I'm very pleased with how he's come along."

Friend disappointed in Callaway firing

Friend was asked about his former school UAB's decision to fire former Bulldog assistant and mentor Neil Callaway on Monday.

"Coach Callaway did as good a job as anybody in the country in the situation he walked into, I'm telling you," Friend said. "I really wish that my time I was there I could have helped turn it around there, but he did a great job there and a lot of people who aren't familiar with that situation don't know, but on to LSU and Georgia questions."

Friend coached UAB's offensive line for four years before coming to Georgia this year.

This and that

Fullback Zander Ogletree (bruise) and wide receiver Chris Conley (bruise) practiced in green non-contact jerseys Tuesday, but offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said both will play against LSU. … Defensive tackle Kwame Geathers said he played between 20 and 24 reps Saturday against Georgia Tech and the ankle that caused him to miss the Bulldogs' game against Kentucky is now 100 percent. … Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham didn't bite when asked if he thought his defense was as good as that of LSU, which is ranked second nationally behind Alabama. "They're a talented team, we're a talented team, we're in the second year of our system here and I'm really proud of the way these guys have competed, progressed and we look forward to this opportunity as well as others down the road," was all Grantham had to say. … Georgia Bulldogs (10-2, 7-1 SEC) worked out for approximately two and a half hours in full pads on Tuesday afternoon. "It was cold, but I thought the guys did a good job," head coach Mark Richtsaid. "There was good energy, and they got after it pretty good. They did what we asked them to do and did it well."