ATHENS, Ga. — As Georgia gets back its best receiver, it still doesn’t know whether it will have the one who filled in ably for him.
Senior Kris Durham is questionable for Saturday’s game at Colorado, coach Mark Richt said Wednesday. Durham suffered a neck stinger at the end of last week’s loss at Mississippi State.
“He’s been working,” Richt said. “But it’s different being in a non-contact jersey and playing football.”
Durham ranks third in the SEC in receiving yards (324) and eighth in catches (17). He missed all of 2009 with a shoulder injury. Healthy this season, he became the main receiver for the Bulldogs in the absence of the suspended A.J. Green.
‘The ball flies’
From personal experience, Georgia punter Drew Butler expects to get a bit more on his kicks in the thin Colorado air.
Butler visited the Denver Broncos’ practice facility in May and got a few kicks in while he was there.
“I think on any given kick probably 3 to 5 (more) yards and a couple tenths of a second (more) hangtime,” Butler said. “But nothing too drastic. So it’ll be good.”
Butler said he was visiting a friend whose father is Ed Donatell, the Broncos’ secondary coach.
Mentor and protégé
Richt visited briefly with former Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden on Tuesday night at the Athens Touchdown Club. Bowden was in town to speak to the club and promote his new book.
“He wrote me a nice little note, and that was good,” Richt said. “It was great to see him. He looks really good. Eighty-years-old and looks awesome. I wish could’ve stayed to hear what he had to say.”
Tanner Strickland and Chris Davis are likely to compete for the right guard job, Richt said. The coach also thinks Clint Boling, who has shifted from left tackle for some series, will not play much right guard.
Davis, a senior, began the year as the starter but was benched for the third game, against Arkansas. Richt said Davis was dealing with nagging injuries.
“He’s feeling a lot better,” Richt said. “That time off really helped him.”