Georgia stays physical in preparation for LSU

semerson@macon.comSeptember 25, 2013 

ATHENS - Georgia held a third straight day of full-pads practice, which is very unusual for the Bulldogs. Normally in a game week they only go once in full-pads, on Tuesdays.

It would appear to be a nod to playing LSU, which is known for its physical style of play.

“It was mainly to keep the right kind of tempo. The right kind of mental edge. And carrying your pads isn’t a bad thing to do. The goal wasn’t to splatter everybody and get everybody hurt. The goal was just to keep a good frame of mind during practice.”

Richt shrugged off a question about potential risks for injury.

“We came through it well, I guess is the best I could tell you,” Richt said.

Long snapper still up in air

Nate Theus and Trent Frix have continued to split time the long-snapping duties at practice this week. A decision will be made by assistant coach John Lilly before the game, according to Richt.

Theus, a sophomore, was the first-string snapper on field goals, extra points and snaps. But a muffed snap on a short field goal at Clemson and a high punt snap against North Texas has put his job in jeopardy.

Frix, a freshman walk-on, is the brother of Ty Frix, who last season wrapped up a four-year career as the long snapper. Frix made the last two punt snaps against North Texas.

Elsewhere on special teams, punter Collin Barber said he expects Marshall Morgan to handle the kickoffs. Barber kicked off the first two games, while Morgan was on suspension, then Morgan struggled on some kickoffs against North Texas. But Morgan has continued to get the reps at kickoff this week.

Injury updates

Receiver Jonathan Rumph (hamstring) and tight end Jay Rome (ankle) weren’t able to practice fully on Wednesday, putting their status for the game further in doubt.

“I would not count on Rumph right now. He has not practiced full speed,” Richt said. “Jay Rome is doing his best right now. If he had to play today it would’ve been tough. But he’s got a chance.”

Rumph, a junior college transfer, has yet to play, but the possibility of a redshirt isn’t yet being considered.

“I don’t think we’re there yet,” Richt said. “He did well enough for us enough in camp that if we could get him healthy we’d like to get him going if we can.”

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