September 22, 2009

Martinez hints at more time for young DBs

With cornerback Vance Cuff still questionable after straining the MCL in his right knee, defensive coordinator Willie Martinez said Tuesday he might have a couple of changes in store for Georgia against Arizona State.

One is the possibility that redshirt freshman Sanders Comings might get a snap or two at cornerback.

"We're going to play Sanders more," Martinez said of the redshirt freshman, who played sparingly last week against Arkansas.

He won't be the only one.

"We're going to play Bacarri Rambo more," Martinez said. "We probably should have played him more this past game just because of the amount of reps. I'm just throwing up those names."

Freshman Branden Smith will also continue to get extensive time behind Brandon Boykin at short corner, despite getting burned on a couple of play by Razorback receivers.

"Branden is coming on. It wasn't something we wanted to see (Saturday), but he's working really hard and he's a very coachable kid," Martinez said. "He wants to be really good. He's very talented and getting better every day and every week."

Green says he's OK

Wide receiver A.J. Green was quick to let reporters know that the ice pack wrapped around his right knee was really no big deal.

"It's just a little tendinitis," Green said. "It flares up every now and then. It's nothing."

Green, who is coming off a seven-catch performance for 137 yards and two touchdowns against Arkansas, caught eight passes for 159 yards in last year's game against the Sun Devils.

King's parents miss big catch

Tavarres King joked Tuesday that he'd just as soon his parents not attend one of his games again.

King, was kidding, off course, but talk about the coincidences.

His parents were unable to make last weekend's trip to Fayetteville and King catches his first career touchdown, a 50-yard bomb from quarterback Joe Cox.

The last time his mother and father failed to watch him play was back in eighth grade. That game, he caught two touchdowns.

"I hope not," King laughed, when asked if his parents would attend Saturday's contest against Arizona State.

"They had just moved into a new house, so they weren't able to make it," King said. "It was a little far."

Ironically, it was last year's game at Arizona State where King suffered the ankle injury that caused him to redshirt as a true freshman.

Cox thrives on criticism

Cox said Tuesday he loves it when he hears that people doubt his ability on the football field.

Just because he harbors no desire of playing beyond this year, the fifth-year senior says that doesn't mean he doesn't want to succeed.

So when he learns that some may doubt his ability, it's only natural that he gets fired up.

"Anybody that's a competitor, if you have people saying you're not any good, you want to play good," Cox said. "I tell myself that before every game. These people don't think I'm any good."

It would certainly be difficult to say that now.

Cox was named the National Offensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation on Sunday and the SEC Offensive Player of the Week Monday after he completed 18-of-25 passes (72 percent) for a career-high 375 yards and tied a school record with five touchdown passes.

He joins Matthew Stafford (Georgia Tech, 2008), D.J. Shockley (Boise State, 2005) and David Greene (LSU, 2004) as the only Georgia quarterbacks to have five touchdown passes in a single game. For the year, Cox is 50-of-79 for 738 yards and has eight touchdowns and only three interceptions.

Thanks largely to Cox Georgia has scored a combined 93 points during its last two games since posting only 10 in the season opener against Oklahoma State. That's the most combined points in consecutive SEC games since tallying 31 against Florida 62 and Kentucky in 2004.

"That's something that drives the offense, too," Cox said. "After the first week everyone was saying we had a terrible offense; that we wouldn't be able to score on anybody the rest of the season. We want to be able to prove people wrong. We're getting better each week. We're not there yet, but we definitely want to keep doing what we're doing."

Richt pleased with tempo

A day after torrential rains sacked Athens and the rest of North Georgia, the Georgia Bulldogs practiced under nearly cloudless skies on Tuesday afternoon.

The Bulldogs worked out for nearly two and a half hours in preparation for Saturday's game with Arizona State

"Practice went well for the most part," head coach Mark Richt said. "The tempo was good. The energy level was good. The scouts did a very good job of showing us the looks we needed. Overall, it was a good day."

Richt announced the team's captains for Saturday's game during the team's pre-practice stretching. Cox and receiver Mike Moore will be captains of the offense, lineman Kade Weston will represent the defense and punter Drew Butler will be the special teams captain.

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