October 15, 2012

Conley remains patient

Wide receiver Chris Conley hasn't played quite the role that many expected he would at this stage in the 2012 campaign, but the sophomore said Monday he's anything but frustrated.

"The coaches have done a great job of just keeping me ready for any situation," Conley said. "With the rotation we have right now we have a ton of talent, it's a great problem to have so it really doesn't bother me as long as our offense is moving and we're scoring points. As long our team is succeeding, I'm fine. I'll just wait my turn."

Last year, Conley caught 16 passes for 288 yard and two touchdowns, but comes into Saturday night's game at Kentucky (7 p.m., FSN) with just four grabs for 46 yards and no scores.

One would expect those numbers to improve.

With Michael Bennett out with a torn ACL, Conley figures to get a few more looks, although he was still shut out against South Carolina.

"I feel like everybody is coming to terms with what happened," Conley said. "It's unfortunate for Michael, but he's still around here, he's encouraging everyone and I feel like the guys have a lot of resolve with what we have to do without Michael. Like I said, my time will come."

Williams back talking to press

It's been almost two months since Shawn Williams last spoke to the media before his appearance following practice Monday evening.

"I just took some time away," shrugged Williams, who admitted his play to date has not been what he expected.

Not having teammate Bacarri Rambo at free safety, he said, was part of the problem.

"With Bacarri out I think I was trying to do too much," Williams said. "I gave up a couple of big plays, but I can't use that as an excuse."

Injury update

Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones missed his fourth straight practice while recovering from the sprained ankle he suffered in the fourth quarter against South Carolina.

Other Bulldogs who showed up in Monday's post-practice injury report included defensive end Sterling Bailey, who underwent surgery Monday to repair a right thumb sprain, along with linebacker Brandon Burrows who had surgery last week to fix a second metacarpal fracture in his left hand.

Players won't be scoreboard watchers

Tight end Arthur Lynch said players won't get too worked up over Saturday's game between Florida and South Carolina, although he conceded a win by the Gators would certainly help the Bulldogs' goal of getting back to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game.

"We just need to be concerned with winning and taking care of our own business," Lynch said. "We can only worry about controlling what we can control. We have six games left, if we win them all we're 11-1 and whatever happens will happen."

That's one of the reasons Lynch said he only watched the fourth quarter of the Tigers' 23-21 win.

"I actually watched a little Pop Warner football team, the Downtowner Falcons on the Eastside of town," Lynch said. "Me, Christian and some other guys went. That was really the only football we watched. It was fun to see the little kids running around, hitting each other and just having a blast."

Better communication key for OL

Right guard Chris Burnette said South Carolina taught the Bulldog offensive line several lessons, not the least of which was the importance of not missing assignments.

"One thing we learned was how important assignments are. When you have missed assignments - even if it's just one guy on a specific play - it might not seem very important but it can disrupt the entire thing," Burnette said. "Sometimes you don't realize how important communication is, especially playing in an atmosphere like that."

As for why those types of mistakes are happening six games into the season, Burnette offered this reply.

"Sometimes, the defense will give you different looks that we haven't practiced," Burnette said. "I don't think that has anything to do as far as our preparation, but the way that they (opposing defenses) prepared. Sometimes they come up with great schemes that we're not entirely ready for and when you don't have a whole lot of experience, it takes a while to adjust."

Quotable

"I was in a rough spot again. The South Carolina game I hit the roof, but when the Pats lose I'm in a deep, deep depression. I don't talk to any commoners. I just let my sorrows infiltrate everybody else's lives. But it's all good." - Arthur Lynch, reflecting on New England's loss to Seattle on Sunday.

This and that

Defensive back Devin Bowman split time between safety and cornerback during the early portion of Monday's workout. Head coach Mark Richt had his Bulldogs put on the full pads a day earlier than normal Monday. "I thought we had a good practice today," Richt said. "We got what we needed today. It will be nice to have an extra day to prepare this week. Our focus and energy were good today, and we'll need to maintain those levels as we go through the rest of the week."