Originally created 09/05/01

Midweek glance



GEORGIA BULLDOGS

What's next: The No. 25 Bulldogs (1-0) play host to No. 21 South Carolina on Saturday at Sanford Stadium (7:45 p.m., ESPN).

What's new: Head coach Mark Richt said Tuesday that redshirt freshman David Greene will remain the starting quarterback after his 21-for-29, 285-yard passing performance in last week's 45-17 win over Arkansas State. Richt added that it's possible junior Cory Phillips will play. "But right now, that's not the plan," he said.

Injuries: OT Ben Lowe (ankle) is out. WR Tavarus Morgan (hamstring) is doubtful. OG Chris Hewitt (ankle) is questionable. OT George Foster (ankle) and DE Arnold Harrison (mono) are probable.

Pressing question: Can the offense perform capably and consistently against South Carolina's defense? Georgia struggled mightily in last season's 21-10 loss to the Gamecocks, managing 202 yards of total offense, and quarterback Quincy Carter failed miserably by tossing five interceptions. Solving defensive coordinator Charlie Strong's confusing schemes will require perfection and precision from Greene.

Notable: The last time the Bulldogs and Gamecocks were ranked heading into this game was 1988. South Carolina, ranked No. 14 at the time, upset No. 6 Georgia 23-10 in Columbia.

Quotable: "Anytime that happens, you're going to have questions. You're going to scratch your brow and try to figure out what went wrong. I don't think that's a surprise that people were looking a little dumbfounded."

- Georgia OT Jon Stinchcomb, on the reaction after last year's loss to the Gamecocks.

- Larry Williams

GEORGIA SOUTHERN EAGLES

What's next: The No. 1 Eagles (1-0) play host to No. 15 Delaware (0-1) on Saturday at noon.

What's new: Georgia Southern's victory over Savannah State last Saturday was played in front 23,167 fans at Allen E. Paulson Stadium, the second-largest regular season crowd in school history. That number could be exceeded this Saturday.

Injuries: None reported.

Notable: Delaware has never played Georgia Southern in Statesboro. The two previous meeting (1997 and 2000) were during the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs in Newark. The two schools have combined for nine total game appearances.

- Tim Morse

GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS

What's next: The No. 11 Yellow Jackets (2-0) travel to Annapolis, Md., to play Navy (0-1) at noon.

What's new: While coach George O'Leary has been pleased with the team's defense so far, he expressed concern Tuesday over Navy's offense, which features a more up-tempo and no-huddle attack. He said his squad will have to tackle better and be very responsible on defense.

Injuries: WR Kelly Campbell (ankle) is probable.

Pressing question: Can the Jackets stay focused on Navy and not think about next weekend's showdown at Florida State? If Tech gets a comfortable lead on the Midshipmen and put the game away early, don't expect Jacket players to continue to be quiet about Florida State.

Notable: Georgia Tech and Navy are two of 10 schools nationally to have played in each of the four major bowl games - the Orange Bowl, Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Cotton Bowl.

Quotable:"Ralph was singing the fight song? Wow, tell him not to lose his day job."

- O'Leary on former Tech offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen, now the head coach at Maryland. After Friedgen's first coaching victory, against North Carolina last Saturday, the coach was seen singing Maryland's fight song after the game.

- Tim Morse

SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS

What's next: The No. 21 Gamecocks (1-0) play at No. 25 Georgia on Saturday (7:45 p.m., ESPN).

What's new: LB Kenneth Harney, a former Allendale-Fairfax standout who is hobbled by a sprained ankle, was in pads Tuesday but didn't practice. Head coach Lou Holtz said Harney will make the trip to Georgia "and may be able to play some, although I don't know how effective he'll be." Harney suffered the injury in the second quarter of last week's 32-13 win over Boise State.

Injuries: DE Willie Sams (knee) is doubtful. Harney (ankle) and FS Deandre Eiland (ankle) are questionable. OT Melvin Paige (hamstring) is probable.

Pressing question: Can the second-string defense play as well as the starters? Holtz groused after last week's win that he wasn't pleased with the play of the second-teamers. Since the Gamecocks like to rotate their defensive players often, the backups need to improve before Saturday.

Notable: Saturday will mark the first time ever that the Gamecocks will play under the lights at Sanford Stadium.

Quotable: "Kenny Harney is the backbone of our defense. As we all know, you crush the spine, you alter the mind a little bit of a person."

- LB Kalimba Edwards, on the possible loss of Harney for Saturday's game.

- Larry Williams

CLEMSON TIGERS

What's next: The No. 19 Tigers (1-0) play host to Wofford (0-0) on Saturday at 1 p.m.

What's new: While Central Florida gave Clemson a stiff test in its opener, don't expect the same Saturday. The Terriers are the smallest Division I-A or I-AA school in the country and the enrollment is just above 1,100 students.

Injuries: None reported.

Pressing question: How long will it take for Clemson's second- and third-teamers to get into the game on Saturday? The Tigers should put the game away by the first quarter against the overmatched Terriers.

Notable: This will be the first meeting between the two schools since Clemson's 1981 national championship season. The Tigers opened with a 45-3 victory over the Terriers that year.

Quotable: "Regardless of the opponent, I think the players have a tendency to feel more of a sense of urgency with a closer score." - Clemson coach Tommy Bowden.

- Tim Morse