The Georgia Bulldogs (6-3, 3-3) began preparations for
the Kentucky Wildcats (4-4, 2-3) late Monday evening at practice with a few
changes to the starting lineup. The biggest change to the starting lineup this
week is at the tight end position.
Senior tight end Martrez Milner is now the number
two tight end following a four-drop performance against Florida last Saturday.
Milner is tied with sophomore wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi for the
most catches on the team with 17 this season.
Tight ends coach David Johnson decided to start
sophomore Tripp Chandler over Milner this week against Kentucky.
"For this week I am starting," said Chandler.
"Coach Johnson pulled me aside and said that I am going to field the tight
end spot this week."
Chandler is just hoping he will get more playing time
as the season progresses.
"I see it as another opportunity to get out there
and play ball and do what I came here to do which is play ball," said
Given the struggles for Milner, Chandler found it difficult
to watch his friend and mentor struggle in Jacksonville against the Gators.
"It is difficult to watch what happened to Trez
last week because Trez is like a brother to me, him and (Leonard) Pope took
me under their wing when I got here and helped me out with everything I have
done from blocking to running routes to catching," said Chandler. "It
was difficult for me to watch that and it hurt me, but he is in high spirits
and ready to play."
Milner is taking the benching in stride and he hopes to
regain his starting position before the end of the week.
"Anything is possible and I lost it on Saturday
and it all depends on how I play in practice," said Milner.
The two tight ends will battle for the playing time throughout
the week, but Chandler will be the first option at tight end Saturday.
"It was an eye opening experience for me and I took
for granted that I was the starter and I was not working hard enough at the
starting position as I should. I have to work harder and help my team in anyway
I can whether it is leading on the sideline or on the field," said Milner
regarding being benched.
Dixson to start at defensive tackle
Dale Dixson will start at defensive tackle
opposite sophomore Jeff Owens. Dixson will make his second career start
against the Wildcats and his first start this season Saturday.
"It feels real good and everyone knows my story
here at Georgia and it feels good for my self-esteem as a player because you
work so hard to start," said Dixson.
Dixson suffers from myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune neuromuscular
disorder that can cause weakness in his muscles and create spasms altering the
function of those muscles.
Dixson came up just short of beating redshirt freshman
Kade Weston for the other starting defensive tackle position to begin
the 2006 campaign.
"It was fighting real hard for it and I cannot make
the decisions on who starts and the better guy started," said Dixson.
"I am happy to be a part of this team and contribute."
Dixson played well against Florida recording three tackles
in the strong second half defensive effort by the Bulldogs.
"I probably had one of the best games of my career
and even though we lost I thought we fought hard as a defense," said Dixson
of the Florida game. "The game could have got away from us, the offense
was coming along, and we had to stop them."
Dixson will be the third different player behind Weston
and senior Ray Gant to start at the defensive tackle position opposite
Big Cheese needs a rest
Senior offensive guard/tackle Michael Turner
will start at tight guard in place of junior Chester Adams. Turner
says that offensive line coach
Neil Callaway decided to rest Adams
this week and use him as a reserve against Kentucky.
"Coach told me today that I will be starting there
this week," said Turner of the tight guard spot. "Chester is a little
nicked up some and needing to rest his ankle."
Turner will play most of the game at tight guard and he
will also see time at both tackle positions resting the two starters Daniel
Inman and Ken Shackleford.
"Coach (Callaway) will rotate me and Chester some
at guard and we will have that three man rotation at tackle still."
Junior wide receiver A.J. Bryant was practice
in a green jersey due to his groin injury. Joining Bryant in green were
Tony Wilson, and Ben
Darius Dewberry is out of practice for
the second straight week with a hamstring injury.
Other Notes and Quotes
The team captains for the Kentucky game are seniors
Nick Jones, Tony Taylor, Quentin Moses, and junior
CBS has used their six-day option for the games on November
11th. The Georgia-Auburn game will be televised on either CBS, ESPN, ESPN2,
or the Lincoln Financial Network. CBS has first choice and they will decide
following the outcomes of the SEC games this week.
The game against Kentucky this week will not be televised
and is scheduled for a 1pm ET kickoff in Lexington.
"We can still have a great season and hopefully
get ten wins and get in a good bowl game. People say this is the worst senior
class for coach Richt, but if we can get ten wins and still be ranked at the
end of the season. Whether we are top ten or top 15 or top 25 it does not matter
because that is not what we play for," said Milner after being asked what
the teams goals are for the remainder of the season.
"The only hurting us is ourselves because we have
turnovers and are not making plays," said Milner. "The defense will
play well and the offense will not play well or vice versa and we know as a
team we have to come together as a whole and finish the drill like our motto
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