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September 18, 2006
Defense looks for third straight shutout
The Georgia defense is thinking about the 1971 season when the Bulldogs last shutout three consecutive opponents blanking Vanderbilt, Kentucky, and South Carolina on their way to an 11-1 record under head coach Vince Dooley and defensive coordinator Erk Russell.
"I am excited to see how the season will go and just like Erk said, 'we have to do it one more time'," said defensive tackle Ray Gant. "Coach (Jon) Fabris is like the team historian and he told us about the last time Georgia had three consecutive shutouts and he seems to know everything from every school."
Georgia will match up with the Colardo (0-3) for the first time in school history. Colorado coach Dan Hawkins has never been shutout as a head coach in college football and he lost 48-13 to the Bulldogs last season with his Boise State team.
"It was a long time since Spurrier was shutout, so who knows," said Gant of the chances of getting the third straight shutout.
Before the 1971 season, the 1945 Bulldogs under coach Wallace Butts shutout Florida, Auburn, and Georgia Tech to end the regular season and gave up only six points in the Oil Bowl beating Tulsa 20-6.
The following season in 1946 Georgia won the National Championship going 11-0 for their second National Championship in five years.
Georgia is 10-7 alltime against the Big-12.
Moses addresses Pollack injury
Senior defensive end Quentin Moses described to the media how the team found out about former All-American defensive end David Pollack injury Sunday in the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns game.
"Coach Richt addressed the whole team, but I have not had a chance to speak with him (Pollack), but our prayers go out to him," said Moses of his former teammate. "You hear a lot of different stories and Coach Richt made it clear because he talked to him and made it clear what exactly is going on."
Head coach Mark Richt told the players that Pollack was doing well and gave the team the facts to avoid media speculation.
"He broke L-6 in his spine and the first doctor told him that he might not need to have surgery," said Moses. "He lost feeling temporarily, but he got it back now so he is doing good."
Pollack is expected to miss the rest of the 2006 season, but Bengals officials think he will be ready for action to start the 2007 season.
Henderson looks to play but not return punts
Junior wide receiver Mikey Henderson ran through drills Monday for the first time since re-injuring his hamstring in the Western Kentucky game.
"It feels a lot better and it nice not to be just riding that bike," said Henderson of his hamstring. "I got a some snaps out there basically doing some blocking, but I am not going full speed. It feels good to be in the red jersey instead of that green jersey where you cannot do anything." Henderson will play some wide receiver, but he will not be returning any punts this week.
"Those two weeks of resting my hamstrings has worked out pretty good and I think they are where they need to be for me to play," said Henderson. "Asher is doing great and I am sorry to hear about Thomas (Flowers) injury, but right now I am going to be held off of special teams for at least this week. They do not want to throw me all back out there, so they are going to try me at receiver."
Due to his hamstring injury, Henderson has not had a chance to play any wide receiver this season and he has been frustrated watching his teammates from the sidelines.
"It has been really frustrating coming off spring and out of fall camp playing receiver, I thought I had a shot, and not having got a single snap yet in a game is frustrating," said Henderson. "I am trying not to let it get me down, so when I get my chance I will make the most out of it."
Ellerbe moves up the depth chart
After serving a three-game suspension redshirt sophomore linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is moving up the Georgia depth chart and he is now the primary backup to senior Tony Taylor at the "Will" linebacker position.
"After practice today, I should be in there a lot more than I thought," said Ellerbe of his chances of playing heavily Saturday. "It felt like I sat out the entire season, but I got a little pep in my step and I feel like I got a whole load lifted off of me."
"I am fired up and ready to get out there and show everybody what I can do," said Ellerbe. "It is funny seeing (Coach Hawkins) him again and they will probably do the same things with all that motion and stuff."
Ellerbe had a great game against Dan Hawkins and his Boise State team recording five tackles and an interception. The interception came on his first career play and Ellerbe thinks he can repeat the performance saying, "the same thing will happen this season, bet on it."
Velasco named SEC OL of the week
Junior guard Fernando Velasco was named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week on Monday.
For the third straight week, a Georgia player has earned player of the week honors at his position (Charles Johnson in week two and Quentin Moses in week one).
Velasco graded out at 90 percent and had two dominator blocks in Georgia in the 34-0 win over UAB Saturday. The Georgia offensive line has allowed only three sacks this season in three games.
Senior offensive tackle Michael Turner tried to practice Monday, but the medicial staff put his ankle back in a protective boot and he is still questionable for the Colorado game.
Gant (foot) and Henderson (ankle) are expected to play Saturday and sophomore Mohamed Massaquoi is still questionable with a hamstring injury. Massaquoi did practice in limited action Monday.
Other Notes and Quotes…
We are all out there getting the same amount of carries out there and it will come down to however is hot," said running back Danny Ware of sharing the load with Thomas Brown and Kregg Lumpkin. "I strive to get my self in the position (to start), but so far that has not happened and I am still working hard to get to that level, but I am not going to let that keep me down and I am going to bust my tail everyday."
The Georgia-Ole Miss game on September 30 will be televised on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. ET. Georgia is 12-2 in games televised on ESPN2.
The team captains for the game are Quentin Moses, Tony Taylor, and senior punter Gordon Ely-Kelso.