November 5, 2008

Where is Tripp?

For a player who went into the season as Georgia's starting right tackle, Kiante Tripp has become somewhat of missing man on the Bulldogs' offensive line.

The redshirt sophomore's snaps have decreased dramatically and last week he was not listed on the participation chart for the team's 49-10 loss to Florida.

Many have wondered what could have happened to the player head coach Mark Richt spoke so highly of during the preseason.

Wednesday, Richt attempted to explain.

"Right now he's still getting reps in practice and still trying to earn the playing time," Richt said. "He's kind of been back and forth with the tight end thing and tackle thing, so that didn't help him much. But right now, we've basically just got other guys ahead of him."

It's definitely been an interesting season for the Atlanta native.

Tripp, who was not available for comment, was penciled in as the starting right tackle in the spring but was later moved to left tackle following the season-ending ACL injury to Trinton Sturdivant.

He started the first three ball games for the Bulldogs but was replaced byVince Vance against Arizona State.

But when Vance went down with his ACL injury, sophomore Clint Boling assumed the position at left tackle instead of Tripp, who was briefly moved to tight end for the Tennessee game following the shoulder injury to Tripp Chandler.

Bulldogs send tape to SEC office

Defensive coordinator Willie Martinez chose his words carefully when asked if the Bulldogs sent a copy of the tape of Saturday's game against Florida regarding some apparent questionable calls that took place.

One of the more interesting ones occurred when Gator wideout Louis Murphy appeared to intentionally grab Bulldog cornerback Asher Allen before catching a 44-yard touchdown to make the score 28-3.

"Sure we do," said Martinez, when asked if the Bulldog complained to the SEC. Did the conference respond? "Yeah, they do," he continued. "But I can't comment on that."

Richt didn't give specifics, either, but said the Bulldogs, like all teams, generally send tapes to the league office every week.

"That's a standard mode of operation," Richt said. "And I really like Rogers Redding (SEC Coordinator of Officials) and how he does things. He wants to know, and he'll write you back and say 'I'll think you're right, I don't think it should have been called or it's hard to tell.' That's usually how it is."

Unfortunately, that's about all that happens, although according to Richt, at least a little acknowledgement for a bad call is something.

"It doesn't change the outcome, but when people make mistakes, fess up and say yeah, 'I made a mistake' I think everybody handles that a lot better than someone saying 'No that didn't happen,'" he said. "It's just human nature."

Bulldogs have good day at practice

Richt said following the workout that the Bulldogs had another good day and at this point feels the team is on the right track.

"The coaches and players have moved on, you have to because the clock is ticking," said Richt. "You've got to get ready, and if you're not, you're in trouble. I'm glad we don't have an open date."

Georgia has had its share of close games with the Wildcats in Lexington. Five of the last seven trips to the Commonwealth have resulted in games where the margin of victory was seven points or less. In 2006, Kentucky posted a 24-20 win over the Bulldogs, their first over Georgia since 1996. Last year in Athens, Georgia won 24-13.

Injury update

Richt confirmed that quarterback Matthew Stafford suffered a bone bruise on his ankle against Florida but the injury is not a concern and the junior will be 100 percent for Kentucky.

The news wasn't quite so good on a couple of Bulldog defenders.

Sam linebacker Darius Dewberry is listed as doubtful with a quad injury that he suffered against Florida while defensive end Jeremy Lomax is listed as questionable with a shoulder contusion.

Richt also said that safety Quintin Banks (knee) is "not close to returning anytime soon" but did not rule him out of the season altogether.

This and that

Cornerback Asher Allen has been named one of 13 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award. … Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said that Richard Samuel and Caleb King are once against battling for the No. 2 tailback spot behind Knowshon Moreno. … Bobo also said that although freshman A.J. Harmon is redshirting, he's currently running at No. 2 left guard and is also seeing time at left tackle.



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