September 21, 2011

'An NCAA issue'



With Georgia having depth issues along its offensive line, one of the more popular questions being bandied about by fans is what about redshirt freshman Kolton Houston?

Houston didn't play in the first two games against Boise State and South Carolina, which did not raise too many eyebrows. But when he failed to see any action in last Saturday's 59-0 blowout of Coastal Carolina, the question begged to be asked again.

This time, head coach Mark Richt had an answer.

"Kolton right now is not eligible to play and we hope he'll be eligible soon," Richt said. "It's an NCAA issue."

Other than that, Richt was not very clear, other to say that "the issue" first cropped up over the summer.

"It's an individual case, we will not get into details about it, but it is NCAA-related and we think it's going to get cleared up," Richt said. "We just don't know when."

Offensive line still banged up

News that offensive guard Kenarious Gates (ankle) was back practicing with the team was tempered somewhat with news that starting right guard Chris Burnette tweaked a knee during practice.

His status - as of Wednesday evening - is unknown.

"He tweaked his knee, the knee that had bothered him last year. Right this second we don't think it's very serious as far as anything long-term, we've just got see if it swells and whether it will keep him from playing this week," Richt said. "I don't know if it will or not."

Richt said the injury is identical to one Burnette suffered last spring which caused him to miss two days before he was able to return to practice.

"We're very thin with guys who have played, but between those two guys (Burnette and Gates) we'll have one of them ready to go, if not both," Richt said. "I just don't know right now. (Thursday) morning we'll have a lot better idea of what we're dealing with."

Richt was asked what he'd do if neither Gates nor Burnette would be able to go.

"I don't know what would happen. It might be David Andrews at a guard, that would be one answer, it could be Hunter (Long) at guard," Richt said. "I don't think we would put David at center and Ben (Jones) at guard. You could do that. The only reason you'd consider doing that is that David has been getting all the reps at center and he's comfortable. Ben, I think, could play guard and tackle as well as center if he had to in a pinch just because he knows what to do, he's a competitor and he's a pretty good athlete."

Injury update

Jones missed the first six periods of practice Wednesday while suffering from a stomach bug, but returned to finish out the day's session.

• As for senior defensive end DeAngelo Tyson, the Statesboro native did not practice the first four periods, but was seen returning to the field for Period 5.

He was wearing his typical practice jersey and did not appear to be injured.

"I don't know what that was," Richt said. "That's surprising to me."

• Wide receiver Marlon Brown (ankle) is now considered doubtful for Saturday's game.

Williams back at safety?

Shawn Williams was seen back practicing with the safeties Wednesday, but Richt wasn't ready to say if he'll play the position Saturday at Ole Miss or remain at Moe linebacker.

"Why don't you ask Grantham that question?" Richt quizzed reporters, who can only speak with assistants on Tuesdays.

"I like you very much, I like you all very much, but I'm just not in the habit of telling everyone what our intentions are," Richt said. "It has nothing to do with anything, but trying to prepare for a game and not telling the enemy what you're doing. I don't have a real good answer for that one right now."

Reception a dream come true for Bradberry

For a young man who has been coming to Georgia games since he was seven-years-old, the first career catch for Taylor Bradberry was something he will never forget.

"You dream about getting that first catch and it finally came true," said the junior from Winder who was one of seven former walk-ons awarded a scholarship for the current football campaign.

For the former Winder-Barrow performer, his 13-yard reception was special in more ways than one.

"We've had season tickets for forever," said Bradberry. "I think the earliest I came was when I was four and I've been coming to games ever since. I always wanted to play here, so yeah, this is a dream come true."

Although it was his first catch, Bradberry has played in all three games for the Bulldogs this year.

This and that

Freshman defensive back Chris Sanders (shoulder sublexation) and safety Bacarri Rambo each wore green non-contact jerseys during Wednesday's workout on the field turf section of the Butts-Mehre practice fields.

Anthony Dasher is the managing editor for UGASports
and he can be reached via email at dash@ugasports.com.