Injury updates: Rome out, Conley could play

semerson@macon.comNovember 11, 2013 

ATHENS - Georgia is hoping to trade in one injured tight end for another this week, while adding a starting receiver.

Sophomore tight end Jay Rome is set to miss the trip to No. 7 Auburn because of a foot injury sustained last Saturday against Appalachian State. Rome started in the absence of the injured Arthur Lynch (rib cage) last Saturday. But Lynch could be coming off the injured list.

Head coach Mark Richt is hopeful that Lynch can play at Auburn, along with receiver Chris Conley, who has missed the past two games with a sprained ankle.

"Everybody else has got a chance," Richt said. "We're not counting them out. But Jay I think you can count out of this week."

Richt spoke just before Monday's practice. Many of the questions Richt got were about Nick Marshall, the Auburn quarterback who was dismissed from Georgia last year.

Richt said he had not spoken in person with Marshall since the meeting at which the player was dismissed. But the two exchanged some text messages "here and there" between the dismissal and Marshall's arrival at Auburn.

"I think Nick was excited about his opportunity at Auburn, and I'm happy for him," Richt said.

That's not the only familiar face on the opposite sideline this week: Rodney Garner, who spent the previous 13 seasons as Georgia's defensive line coach, is now serving in the same capacity with Auburn. Richt was asked how much of a factor that would be in the game.

"He certainly knows defensively what we do, or how we call things, and all that kind of thing. So I'm sure he'll have a lot of information to be able to talk to coach Malzahn about," Richt said. "But most everything you see is on film. Most everything you need to know you can learn from film. But there's probably some adjustments to certain looks that might be able to give them a little more insight than a normal person just watching film."

Richt didn't seem too worried about changing up offensive signals because of Garner's familiarity with the team.

"I wouldn't talk about that as much as what he knows about our defense," Richt said.

Moore's targeting call

Safety Corey Moore, speaking for the first time since Saturday's game, said he doesn't think there was anything he could to avoid the targeting call that caused him to be ejected.

Moore was ejected in the second quarter after officials ruled that he hit a defenseless receiver up high.

"I was aiming for his ankles and he happened to drop on me," Moore said. "His body changed, and my momentum was already going forward. I made the play, and it was the targeting rule."

It was the second targeting ejection in the past three games for Georgia, after Ray Drew's at Vanderbilt. That one appeared even more questionable. But Georgia coaches and Moore didn't think this was a good call either.

"You know you're out there giving it your all on every play," Moore said. "I know I was playing ball, so I didn't feel ashamed about the call on my behalf. But it is what it is."

Defensive backs have said that targeting has been on their mind this year, but Moore said he was only thinking about making a play.

"That one call is not gonna change the way I play," Moore said. "A call is gonna be a call and a player is gonna be a player, like me. So I'm just gonna keep playing. I'm gonna try to play to the targeting call, but I'm just gonna keep playing."

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