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October 15, 2008

More injury news

Doubtful.

That was the word from Georgia coach Mark Richt after Wednesday's practice when asked about the status of starting Mike linebacker Dannell Ellerbe for Saturday's Homecoming game against Vanderbilt.

"He's struggling with his lateral movement," Richt said.

The same doubtful tag appears to also apply to wide receiver Kris Durham, who has been battling shoulder and ankle injuries.

"Kris is making progress. I think there's a very good chance for both of those guys to play against LSU," Richt said. "Right now the plan is not for either one of them to play (against Vanderbilt)."

The update on Durham and Ellerbe wasn't the only injury news for the Bulldogs.

Richt also announced that backup safety Quintin Banks has suffered a setback with his knee, re-injuring the MCL that occurred early during preseason camp.

There is some good news.

Banks will not require surgery, although it will be about a month before the redshirt sophomore is able to resume play.

Also, freshman linebacker Christian Robinson suffered a broken arm in practice and will miss 4-6 weeks. Robinson was already going to redshirt.

Offensive line set for Vandy

It's official.

Richt said that sophomore Clint Boling will indeed start at left tackle in place of Vince Vance against Vanderbilt, with true freshman Cordy Glenn getting the call at left guard.

Ben Jones will again be at center, with Chris Davis at right guard and Justin Anderson at right tackle.

Top backups will be Josh Davis, who will rotate behind Boling, Tanner Strickland at both guard spots with Kiante Tripp backing up Anderson at right tackle.

Massaquoi still leading the way

Freshman receiver A.J. Green will be the first to admit that his season would not have gotten off to its current start had it not been for senior teammate Mohamed Massaquoi.

Through six games Green leads the Bulldogs with 29 catches for 441 yards and three touchdowns; an accomplishment receivers coach John Eason credits partially to Massaquoi after showing the youngster the ropes early on.

"That's what he has done from the time A.J. walked through the door. When A.J. came in, as coaches we could not meet with them but they were doing the workouts and other passing things over the summer," Eason said. "Mohamed took A.J. under his wing and this fall, although they started out at the same position and A.J. started to flourish, he didn't have a problem moving to the other side to open up a spot for A.J. He's still constantly helping him."

And vice versa:

With 23 catches for 331 yards, Massaquoi is on pace to better his career marks posted as a freshman when he caught 38 passes for 505 yards and three touchdowns.

Richt: Brother-in-law Johnson harder to reach

There's certainly been a lot of excitement in the Richt household this week.

First it was the news that son Jon Richt would be getting a new coach at Clemson following the resignation of Tommy Bowden.

But that wasn't all. With the injury to Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Brad Johnson, Richt's brother-in-law, is now the starting quarterback for "America's Team."

"Brad and I used to do a lot of texting," Richt said. "I've texted him two or three times this week though with no response. I guarantee you he's watching film.

"When you're just the holder you can have fun with your cell phone. He's a little bit busier now."

This and that

Tight end Tripp Chandler (shoulder) said he's still hoping to play either against LSU (Oct. 25) or Florida (Nov. 1). Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo was asked about the status of wide receiver Michael Moore, who wore a green non-contact jersey Wednesday. "I don't know, I'm not the hospital," Bobo said. Vance will have surgery on his torn ACL in three weeks. Richt was asked about the development of redshirt freshman defensive end Neland Ball, who has seen limited action thus far. "Neland's still a young kid and just needs to get to where he can break into more playing time," Richt said. "The injuries he had in preseason set him back, no doubt. If he had been healthy, he'd probably be playing more right now."



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