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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sunday Update - Owens Done for Year

Well, the worst-case scenario for Jeff Owens has been confirmed.

The senior DT will miss the season with an ACL tear. Head coach Mark Richt said in his Sunday teleconference that Owens would have surgery a week from Tuesday (the 9th). He also said Owens would definitely redshirt this season and return next year.

"I don't think there'd be any question about that," Richt said. "He knows it could be a blessing in the long run if he rehabs well and gets maybe in even better condition than he was this year so he's looking at the bright side right now."

Some other notes from Sunday's conference call:

-- Richt said freshman Cordy Glenn graded out very well at right guard for the game. He said with Clint Boling coming back for this week's game, Glenn and Boling would be the likely starters on the right side, with Bean Anderson serving as backup. Josh Davis will move back to left tackle, where he will likely back up Kiante Tripp, though Richt said it was "not etched in stone" who would be the starter there.

-- Richt also gave high grades to fullback Shaun Chapas for his performance and applauded the blocking of the wide receivers (particularly the freshmen).

-- Tight end Bruce Figgins was suspended for the Georgia Southern game, although it was not announced, for what Richt called an "in-house issue." Figgins is back on the team as of today, Richt said.

-- Kenneth Harris remains questionable for this week's game against Central Michigan. Richt also said DB Makiri Pugh and DE Neland Ball could return to action this week. He said FB Brannan Southerland and S Quintin Banks were progressing well and are on pace to return for the game against Tennessee on Oct. 11.


Ally said...

Thanks for the updates David. Not syrorised about Owens, but really disappointed for him.

Damn we're gonna miss his leadership & talent this season.

Hunker Down said...


Is that a new word? ;>)

David, I thought Southerland was expecting to be back by Alabama. Is that too ambitious?

ET said...

Losing Jeff is a huge blow, but I guess if we have to take such a loss, the D-Line is the place to do it (if there is one). He's not only a leader on the field, but he's also one of the funniest and well-known off the field. We'll need his cheering ability on the sidelines this year!

David Hale said...

1.) Southerland hoped for Alabama and said maybe Arizona State, but Richt said he thought those estimates were unlikely. He said he expected Southerland to be back running by ASU but not in football shape. We'll see. I still think there's a good shot he plays against Bama.

2.) Couldn't agree more about Owens. You hate to see these injuries happen at all, but he's such a good kid and such a leader on the team that you can't help but feel for him. At least it happened now instead of in two weeks when he would no longer have been able to redshirt. And just because he won't be on the field won't keep Owens from being a leader, I'm sure.

Ally said...

Hamp - Sorry, too many margarita's at the lake affects spelling apparently. I think I was trying to say "surprised." Ugh.