ATHENS – Greetings from Sanford Stadium.
It’s an absolutely gorgeous day for football. Cool temperatures and not a cloud in the sky. Pretty breezy, though, as Blair Walsh can attest.
I spent a long time watching the senior place-kicker in pregame warmups. He’s already missed five field goals this season — the same amount he had missed the previous two combined. But he seemed to be dialed in well. It’ll be a stiff wind going into the west end zone so keep an eye on that.
Had a brief exchange with linebacker Christian Robinson as he made his way to the locker room after the “Dawg Walk.” He said he’s “ready to go” and “I’m playing today.” Not a surprise. He practiced all week with a tight wrap on the injured ankle that kept himout the last two games. He told me Wednesday he thought he’d be good for 15 to plays at least so I suspect he’ll get about that many. But Michael Gilliard and Amarlo Herrera are set to start again at inside linebacker.
Another thing to keep your eye on today is Georgia’s punt team. Hearing you’ll see some major changes there, both in formation and in personnel. The Bulldogs are giving up a league worst 11.1 yards per return and would have had two returned for touchdowns on them against Ole Miss last week if one had not been nullified by penalty. Look for more frontline players to be plugged in and Georgia to go to more of a spread formation.
Wide receiver Marlon Brown (ankle) is ready to go but Rantavious Wooten (concussion) is not. Also, cornerback Damian Swann (groin) is out for a second week.