Pregame notes: Georgia-Appalachian State

semerson@macon.comNovember 9, 2013 

Sanford Stadium about 90 minutes before kickoff of Georgia-Appalachian State.


ATHENS - As expected, Georgia will take on Appalachian State today without two of its starting skill position players.

But that doesn't include the starting tailback, who is dressed out. The only question is how many carries Todd Gurley will get before being rested.

Missing this one will be tight end Arthur Lynch, who bruised his ribs last week against Florida. In this instance, it may be precautionary, letting Lynch's ribs heal up so he can definitely go next week against Auburn.

Receiver Chris Conley is also out, missing a second straight game with a sprained ankle. Conley is walking on the sideline without the aid of crutches, unlike last week at Florida, so that's a hopeful sign.

A couple defensive reserves are also out again: Defensive lineman Toby Johnson (foot) and outside linebacker T.J. Stripling (ankle.)

Starting lineups

Quincy Mauger was announced as the "probable" starter at free safety, rather than Tray Matthews, and is warming up that way too. So that would be a continuation from last week, when Mauger held the starting spot despite Matthews' return to health.

Todd Grantham has said that Matthews isn't in the doghouse, he just has missed a lot of time, and Mauger played well in Matthews' absence. (At least in Grantham's estimation.)

Otherwise, nothing major in the probable starting lineups. Jay Rome is the starter at tight end with Lynch out. Walk-on Hugh Williams is the top backup tight end, as they're not going to burn Jordan Davis' redshirt.

Bowl reps

For what it's worth - sometimes a lot, sometimes very little - here are the two bowls that have sent "scouts" to this game:

The Capital One Bowl, which Georgia played in last year. And the Gator Bowl, which is played in the stadium Georgia was in just last week.

The Cap One would seem to be keeping its eye on Georgia in case the Bulldogs win out, including next week at Auburn.

The Gator Bowl has not had Georgia since 1989. It only recently renewed its affiliation with the SEC.

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