Originally created 09/27/00

Georgia and South Carolina notebook



Georgia Bulldogs

A look at the No. 25 Georgia Bulldogs (2-1, 0-1 SEC) three days before they play at Arkansas (3-0, 1-0) on Saturday (12:30 p.m., CBS):

Latest news:

Coach Jim Donnan said he isn't sure who will start at running back Saturday, and he won't decide until lineups are released Thursday.

Injuries:

RB Jasper Sanks (ankle), RB Musa Smith (rotator cuff) and WR Reggie Brown (ankle) should play.

Key stat:

WR Terrence Edwards, a former Washington County star, moved into the Top 10 in the Bulldogs record book for career touchdown receptions in last week's win over New Mexico State. The sophomore's 10 career touchdown catches tie him for eighth with Lindsay Scott and Norris Brown. Atop the list is Brice Hunter, who collected 19 scoring receptions from 1992-94.

Analysis:

The Bulldogs defense should benefit from the Razorbacks' depleted backfield. Star running back Cedric Cobbs suffered a separated shoulder last week and could miss the rest of the season, and backup Fred Talley suffered a broken hand and is out for six weeks.

Quote:

"We've got to point out to our team what happened to us when Tennessee came in here two years ago and everybody was talking about Jamal Lewis hurting his knee against Auburn. .... Psychologically, some people have a tendency to think maybe without the best player, they won't be as good. But Tennessee rallied around that and did a good job with our defense and won the game." -- Donnan, when asked how the absence of Cobbs and Talley will affect the Bulldogs' preparation.

South Carolina Gamecocks

A look at the No. 23 South Carolina Gamecocks (4-0, 2-0 SEC) three days before they play at Alabama (1-3, 1-1) on Saturday (3 p.m., pay-per-view):

Latest news:

Starting quarterback Phil Petty, who suffered a sprained ankle in last week's win over Mississippi State, is listed as day-to-day. Tickets to the game are available through the Alabama ticket office. For more information, call 1-800-240-2300. Tickets are $26 each, plus a $3 handling charge. South Carolina sold out of its allotment.

Injuries:

LB Kenneth Harney (fibula) is out three to four weeks. Petty (ankle, shoulder) is questionable. FS Antione Nesmith (shoulder), CB Andre Goodman (concussion) and OT Melvin Paige (knee) are probable.

Key stat:

The Gamecocks are first in the SEC and fifth nationally in scoring defense, having given up 8.8 points per game.

Analysis:

A key task this week, aside from determining who will play quarterback if Petty is out, is getting running back Derek Watson more involved in the offense after his forgettable performance (-1 yard on 14 carries) against Mississippi State.

Quote:

"They're big, they're strong, they're physical, they're well coached and they play hard. A play here or a play there, and they could be 4-0." -- Holtz, on Alabama.

-- Larry Williams