Originally created 08/21/05

'Dogs receive second No. 13 rank from AP

ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia checked in at 13th in the Associ-ated Press preseason media poll that was released Saturday, the same spot where the Bulldogs landed in the USA Today coaches' poll earlier this month.

The AP poll, unlike the coaches' poll, is no longer factored into the Bowl Championship Series standings, which determines the two teams to play in the BCS national title game.

That, however, hasn't lessened the AP poll's value in coach Mark Richt's mind.

"I guess there's certainly a greater chance than ever of a split national championship, which I don't think any coach would ever be hurt by that," Richt said.

The AP withdrew from the BCS formula after last season and will be replaced by the Harris Interactive poll made up of former coaches, players, administrators and media members.

"It would be nice to have it where everyone could agree at the end, though, that's for sure," Richt said.

BAILEY INJURED: Sophomore kicker Andy Bailey, who was unseated by walk-on Brandon Coutu for the No. 1 spot in the fourth quarter of the regular season finale against Georgia Tech last season, is expected to be out four to six weeks with a dislocated shoulder.

Richt said that Coutu, a sophomore walk-on from Lawrenceville, had "a slim lead" over Bailey before the Athens, Tenn., native injured the shoulder on an onside kick during Friday's special teams scrimmage in Sanford Stadium.

Ben Wilson, a sophomore walk-on who played at Parkview, moves up to the No. 2 kicker behind Coutu. Wilson kicked off against Vanderbilt and Kentucky last season.

GET IN LINE: Eight hours before the Stegeman Coliseum ticket booth opened for fans to reserve their place in line for a chance to pose with Uga VI during Fan Picture Day, the first fan arrived. The unidentified midnight visitor came from Summerville, Ga. By 7 a.m., the line wrapped around Stegeman. There were 120 groups guaranteed a photo with the beloved bulldog.

"Do some finger exercises for the autographs," strength and conditioning coach Dave Van Halanger joked.

BULLDOG RECRUITS PULL RANK: Six 2006 Georgia commitments for are among the top high school prospects in the ESPN 150. The players are Texas quarterback Matthew Stafford (No. 4); Maryland linebacker Akeem Hebron (No. 47); Irwin County offensive tackle Justin Anderson (No. 61); Florida wide receiver Tony Wilson (No. 102); South Carolina cornerback Prince Miller (No. 115); and Haralson County defensive end Brandon Wood (No. 121.

Georgia is ranked second on the list behind Texas (9).


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