December 28, 2007

Georgia Notebook: Dawgs staying hungry - literally

NEW ORLEANS - Forty-five dollars doesn't stretch quite as far as it used to.
Just ask Georgia offensive lineman Chester Adams, who along with the rest of players from both teams, receive a $45 per diem every day in New Orleans to cover their eating expenses.

For 330-pound offensive linemen like Adams, it doesn't go too far.

"There are not many cheap places to eat in New Orleans," Adams laughed. "But we've got to make due with what we've got. We can't overspend. We've got to be careful."

Granted, it's not like the Bulldogs are starving.

Thursday, the team had dinner at Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse, one of several eating excursions provided to the players by the Sugar Bowl.

"I did order room service and that was pretty good," Adams said. "I do know some guys went out trying to find Arby's or McDonalds for a quick little meal."

Georgia coaches have no such issues.

Thursday, Mark Richt, his assistants and their families ate dinner at Emeril's, one of the swankiest restaurants in town.

Richt laughed when asked if coaches were under the same $45 per diem as the players.
"Not quite," he said. "But don't feel too bad for those guys, they get a little snack here and there."

Adams does hope for at least one big, blow-out meal before he leaves town. It just won't be local fare.

"I don't know, really," he said. "I'm not real big on Cajun."

Lumpkin tweaks hamstring
Richt said tailback Kregg Lumpkin is not at full speed after tweaking a hamstring, but that he expects the senior to be fine to play in Tuesday's Sugar Bowl.

"It's not real serious," Richt said. "I haven't seen him run at full speed, but I think he'll be fine. He'll play as needed. We won't play him because of sentimental reasons. We'll play him because we think he can help us win."

Lumpkin has not played since injuring his knee against Vanderbilt.

In other injury news, wide receiver Kris Durham limped off the field during Friday morning's practice at the Louisiana Superdome. The injury did not appear to be serious.

Munson staying home

Associate athletic director Claude Felton confirmed that radio announcer Larry Munson will stay home and not call the Sugar Bowl after all.

According to Felton, Munson simply changed his mind and his decision was not related to any other health issues.

Scott Howard will call play-by-play with Eric Zeier to provide color commentary.

No Samoan lessons here

Richt was asked by a Hawaii reporter if he planned to have his defensive linemen learn a little Samoan, being that Warrior quarterback Colt Brennan typically calls out plays that way.

"No, no. We're not trying to get anybody's signals anyway," Richt said. "That's really hard to do."

According to Richt, what language or what cadence Brennan calls his plays won't matter one bit.

"They're very good at what they do," he said. "We just hope we have enough people to keep them somewhat surrounded."

Dawgs get more Dome time

The Bulldogs worked out for two hours Friday morning in the Superdome, fine-tuning their game-plan for the Warriors.

"We're treating this game as if we're coming off an open week," Richt said. "Today was a shells day. Normally, this would be a Wednesday practice but since the game is on Tuesday, we'll get two more dress rehearsals before we have a glorified walk-through Monday."

After practice, the Bulldogs visited a local children's hospital before being turned loose for the afternoon.

This and that
Offensive line coach Stacey Searels cut off redshirt freshman Chris Davis from interviews after an incident recently where Davis revealed the name of Ben Jones, one of Georgia's verbal commitments. Of the linemen, only seniors Fernando Velasco and Adams are now allowed to speak with the media. … Quarterback Matthew Stafford provided a bit of levity when asked when a television reporter asked what he thought about Hawaii. "The state or the team?" Stafford said, drawing laughter.

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