October 22, 2012

Jones back at practice

Linebacker Jarvis Jones returned to practice Monday and head coach Mark Richt sounded confident the junior would play in Saturday's game against Florida.

"He looked pretty good," Richt said during his weekly radio show. "I feel like we will have a good chance of getting him in the game."

Jones has not practiced since suffering the injury in the team's 35-7 loss to South Carolina.

Freshman Jordan Jenkins started in his place last week at Kentucky.

The news wasn't as good for defensive end Abry Jones who did not practice due to an ankle injury.

Richt said Sunday he doubts the senior is able to play against the Gators.

Morgan still confident

Say one thing for freshman kicker Marshall Morgan, he hasn't been shy about facing the same questions from Bulldog beat writers regarding his extra-point issues in 2012.

Every time he's been requested, Morgan has happily obliged.

Granted, the questions have been the same.

With three misses (all wide left) and one botched snap, extra-point time has made for more than enough anxious moments, not only for head coach Mark Richt but the Bulldogs' legions of fans.

Monday, Morgan was queried about the issues yet again.

"We've just got to continue working with the whole operation, pretty much get the laces out so it's a clean snap," Morgan said. "Other than that, I think we can fix it and have a good game (Saturday)."

Morgan said his confidence is still high.

"If I didn't make that field goal before half, it might have a little bit," said Morgan, who got a lucky bounce on his 27-yard field goal after he had the ball ricochet off the left upright before falling through good.

"Of course you want them all down the middle and clean," Morgan said. "But I'll take a make over a miss any day of the week."

Jones, Murray tabbed to semifinal lists

Aaron Murray and Jarvis Jones have been named semifinalists for a pair of national awards on Monday.

Murray is one of 16 quarterbacks named a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award while Jones is repeating as a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, which is given to the country's top linebacker.

In the Bulldogs' latest victory at Kentucky, Murray was named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week after a record-setting performance. He completed a career-high 30 passes on 38attempts for a school record completion mark of 78.95 percent. Murray finished with a career-high 427 yards passing, which is fourth best in school history and the second best in the SEC this year, and four touchdowns.

The Tampa, Fla. native also set a new school record for career touchdown passes with 75.

Despite missing the Kentucky game (ankle) and Florida Atlantic game (groin) with injuries, Jones leads the team in sacks (5.5) and tackles for loss (9.5) and is third on Georgia's defense with 36 stops in five games played. Jones, who also is No. 1 on the Bulldogs with three forced fumbles, has 19 career sacks in two seasons at Georgia and is the current NCAA active leader in sacks per game at 1.0.

This that that

CBS has exercised a six-day option for SEC games scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3. Final kickoff time of the Georgia-Ole Miss game in Athens will not be determined until Sunday, Oct. 28. However, kickoff will be at one of the following times: 3:30 p.m. on CBS, 12:00 noon on ESPN, or 12:00 noon on ESPN2. … The Bulldogs worked out for an hour Monday in preparation for Saturday's game. "We have a tremendous amount of respect for Florida, and our practices this week have to reflect that. I thought we got off to a good start tonight. The guys were focused and they practiced with a lot of enthusiasm. This game means a lot to our team and it means a lot to Florida," Our guys are excited about the opportunity to play this game, especially considering the impact it will have on the division." … Richt announced the captains for the Florida game will be Murray, guard Chris Burnette, end Cornelius Washington and safety Connor Norman.