December 28, 2012

Defensive end ready to go?

ORLANDO, Fla. - Defensive end Abry Jones said Friday he wants to play, after being cleared to play in Saturday's Capital One Bowl against Nebraska, but a lot will still depend on how he feels.

Jones hasn't played since injuring his ankle against Kentucky in Week 7.

"I think it's definitely a possibility. It's my senior year, so I always want to play," Jones said before Friday's workout at Celebration High in Kissimmee. "I've got just one more game with my fellas, so definitely if I feel confident enough and they let me play, I'll play. That's what I want to do, but it's doing to depend on how I feel, pretty much."

With John Jenkins ineligible due to academics, head coach Mark Richt knows having Jones available would certainly ease some of the sting of not having the big 350-pounder.

"Ever since (Abry)got hurt his attitude has been to get back and play," Richt said. "He's been working hard toward that end. I don't how much he'll be able to play, but I want him to play and the plan is to play him."

But even if he does, the former Northside-Warner Robins star won't be near 100 percent.

That's one of Jones' biggest concerns.

"I not really close to 100 percent," Jones said. "But I'm feeling pretty good. I can run at least. I'm close to 75 or 85 percent, more than likely."

If he didn't play, Jones doesn't believe it would affect his status in the upcoming NFL Draft.

"I've been here for four years so the work is already done," he said. "Not playing this game wouldn't change anything, at least hopefully not. "

Geathers doesn't forsee any change

Kwame Geathers doesn't anticipate any major change in his role for Tuesday's game in light of Jenkins' absence.

"It's still going to be a nose guard-deal all the way," Geathers said. "I'm still not 100 percent sure what Coach (Todd Grantham) is going to do, but with me, I don't think anything will change."

Geathers - who said he continues to weigh his options regarding his return to Georgia for his senior season - has not spoken to Jenkins since arriving in Orlando two days ago.

"I feel bad for him," said Geathers. "But I know he's not going to hold his head down. He's got a great future in front of him."

Harvey-Clemons hopes he'll stay at safety

Freshman Josh Harvey-Clemons said he'll play wherever coaches want him to play next fall, but if he were to have a say, he'd just as soon it be safety.

"I'd say safety just because that's where I spent the past year. That's where I've learned to play," he said. "I've gotten used to back-peddling and stuff. The drills we do have helped me a lot. Right now I feel I'm just as up as the other guys on that right now."

But Harvey-Clemons - who said he weighs 218 pounds - knows the choice is ultimately not up to him.

"Right now I really don't know," he said. "In the end it doesn't really matter. I just want to be out there."

If the former Lowndes star reaches his weight goal of 230 pounds, however, the choice might be made for him.

"That's what I'm trying to get to do," said Harvey-Clemons, who added that he's eating four meals a day in an attempt to pack on the extra pounds. "I think that I can."

This and that

Wide receiver Marlon Brown made a surprise appearance Friday and spoke to the media for the first time since tearing his ACL against Ole Miss. The Memphis native said he will continue to rehab the injury in Athens through April, and remains confident some NFL team will give him a shot soon. "These days, I wake up and go to rehab," Brown said. "I've had the same routine for the past six weeks now." Brown said he hasn't spent time lamenting his situation. "You can't go through life asking yourself 'what if?' all the time," he said. "You have to get over it. I tore my ACL. I can't sit here and be too sad about it. I was upset about it when it happened, but the next day I was ready to go to work to make it better. In life you've got to overcome things, so right now I'm trying to stay positive and take it one day at a time." … Grantham said Friday he's telling Bulldog recruits that he hopes to have a new defensive line coach in place at some point after the team returns from Orlando. "I'm telling them not much is happening until after the bowl but once we get back, we'll work to get something done as quickly as possible and be back up to full staff just as fast as we can." … Linebacker Alec Ogletree said he is still undecided as to whether or not he will leave Georgia early for the NFL.