Originally created 09/18/96

Edwards has plans to play against Texas Tech

ATHENS, Ga. - Nothing in Tuesday's practice indicated that Mike Bobo might have lost his grip on the starting quarterback job.

Bobo took the vast majority of the reps with the first-team offense, with freshman Mike Usry taking over for a series or two. Usry, in fact, did little but look over Bobo's shoulder as plays were called in the huddle. Senior Brian Smith, still listed as the No. 2 signal caller on the depth chart, ran the second team offense the entire practice.

Redshirt freshman Earl Chambers spent most of his time simulating Texas Tech quarterback Zebbie Lethridge for the first-team defense, much as he did last week in preparation for South Carolina's Anthony Wright.

"He's the closest thing we've got to their guy," Georgia head coach Jim Donnan said.

Donnan reiterated his disdain for public quarterback controversies at Tuesday's press conference. He again said Bobo would be the starter, but did not close the door on the possibility of playing other quarterbacks.

"I don't know ... I just think it's important from a head coach's perspective that anything you say about your quarterback situation is pretty generic," Donnan said, "because a guy has a hard enough time going out there and executing with some new linemen and all that without me critiquing everything he does.

"He's the quarterback and he deserves to be our quarterback, and he's won the position."

EDWARDS PRACTICES: Georgia tailback Robert Edwards, still slowed by a knee injury, practiced in full pads with his teammates Tuesday.

Edwards, who strained his left knee late in the second quarter of Saturday's 23-14 loss to South Carolina, worked out with the first-team offense sporting a new brace on his knee. Like the rest of the backs, Edwards practiced at about three-quarters speed, not taking any hits from the defense.

He made a few cuts while carrying the ball and running pass routes, but did not take any at full speed.

Edwards was asked earlier in the afternoon to put a percentage on his chances of playing in Saturday's game against Texas Tech.

"About 75 percent," he said. "But that's really not my decision. I think I have a pretty good chance to play." Edwards was held out of Monday's practice, which lasted just 30 minutes due to thunderstorms overhead. Georgia head coach Jim Donnan said before Tuesday's workouts that the coaches would keep an eye on Edwards' performance on the wet fields.

"He felt pretty good this morning," Donnan said. "We're going to be real careful with him today because the field's a little sloppy."

After practice, Edwards iced down the knee and spent some time in the whirlpool.

Edwards admitted Tuesday that he thought about last year's broken foot, also suffered in the second game of the season, when he injured his knee on a goal-line play against the Gamecocks.

"(I thought about last year) just for a brief second," he said. "I just had to block that out and hope and pray it wasn't more serious."


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