ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia wide receiver Marlon Brown’s ability to play against the team he grew up rooting for is in doubt.
Brown injured his shoulder in Monday’s full-pad practice and did not participate in practice a day later. Wide receivers coach Tony Ball said Brown sprained his AC joint. Ball said he did not know whether the sophomore would be ready for Saturday’s game against Tennessee.
Earlier in the day, before his injury was known, Brown talked about playing against the Volunteers, whom he grew up pulling for in his native Memphis. Brown said he faced “huge pressure” to pick Tennessee.
Brown caught his first career touchdown pass Saturday at Colorado.
Green says he feels like he owes fans
Wide receiver A.J. Green will play his first game this season at Sanford Stadium, having been suspended the first four games by the NCAA for selling his jersey to an agent.
Many assume this will be Green’s final college year and the junior will go early to the NFL. Green was asked whether the suspension would affect his decision.
“I don’t know yet. But I do feel like I owe some of the fans some more stuff, just missing those four games. So I don’t know,” Green said. “Like I said, I’m going to sit down with my family whenever the time comes and make the best decision for me.”
Richt surprised about point spread
Head coach Mark Richt was surprised to be told Georgia was favored by 13 points over Tennessee. (The Glanz-Culver Line was at 12 late Tuesday afternoon.) The Bulldogs are 1-4, while the Volunteers are 2-3.
“We’re a 13-point favorite? Wow,” Richt said, smiling. “I hope they’re right. Are you kidding? But I don’t look at those things.”
Wide receiver Tavarres King said it is an indication that the Bulldogs still have some respect around the nation.
“We showed what we could do against Arkansas, fighting back against them,” King said. “I don’t think anybody doesn’t think we’re a good team. I think everybody knows we’re still Georgia. We’ve still got that G on our helmet, and we’re still Georgia.”
Four NFL teams were represented at Tuesday’s practice. New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese attended, along with scouts from San Diego, Indianapolis and Houston. … Richt said the redshirt could be taken off more true freshmen. Defensive end Garrison Smith played for the first time at Colorado.