December 20, 2007

Practice Notebook: The grades are in

The grades are in and Georgia coach Mark Richt said his Bulldogs passed with flying colors.

No player will have to miss the Sugar Bowl for academic reasons.

"Everybody's going, everybody's in, it's awesome," Richt said Thursday. "It fired me up. I got the word today right before we started."

Richt said he and his coaches had a very good idea even before scores were released that there would be no issues with players failing to make their grades.

"We went into this exam time where we expected that everybody was going to be OK," Richt said. "The only reason I couldn't say for sure is that we just had to wait and see the grades come in. You can always get a surprise, but I just didn't think that we would."

Players wrapping up pre-Christmas workouts

Georgia will conclude its on-campus practice for the Sugar Bowl Friday morning before breaking for Christmas.

"Less than 24 hours, everybody's going to be on the road and I think that's probably what everybody's thinking about right now," Richt said. "Considering that, I thought we did a nice job.

"There was a lot of jabbing at each other. You've got Kelin Johnson on one side, Thomas Brown on the other side and they were constantly chirping at each other, talking about one side of the ball doing better than the other.

"When something good would happen, that side would rub it into the other. It was good, playful stuff."

The Bulldogs will leave for New Orleans on the 26th.

Richt confident Lumpkin's career will continue

Kregg Lumpkin will play his final game as a Bulldog in the Sugar Bowl, but Richt doesn't think that will be the senior's last game.

"I think he's going to do very good in the NFL," Richt said. "When (DJ) Shockley left, you didn't know if he was going to make it in the NFL. You never know if a guy's going to make it, but I think Kregg's got a tremendous chance to make it based on the type of ball player he's been for us.
"I think he's going to do great. He's ready. Kregg was brought up right. His experience at Georgia was great and is just a fine example of what you want to have."

Richt added that he's still unsure how Lumpkin will figure into the rotation at running back behind Knowshon Moreno and Brown.

"I don't sit in every offensive meeting, they might have already discussed it," Richt said. "When you practice in pads, things can change in a heartbeat. I'm sure Coach (Tony) Ball and Coach (Mike) Bobo are formulating decisions, but I don't believe any decision has formerly been made."

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