August 30, 2011

Favorable comparisons?

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As a senior center for the Georgia football team, Ben Jones has a unique perspective when it comes to talking about some of top nose guards to have played in the SEC over the previous three campaigns.

That list includes former Alabama standout Terrence Cody, a 360-pound man mountain that Jones was forced to line up against as a true freshman in 2008.

These days, Jones has a pair of twin peaks he's been dealing with in practice in redshirt sophomore Kwame Geathers and junior college transfer Jonathan Jenkins, who tickle the scales at approximately 350 pounds each.

"I'd say Jon's got the about the same size and build as Mt. Cody, while Kwame is a taller guy who I think is quicker than (Cody) is," Jones said, when asked to compare the three. "I'd say Jon is similar in the way he's (Cody) built, while Kwame can really come off the ball. That's the biggest difference to me."

There's more.

With Cody's ability to take on double-teams, often triple-teams, it enabled Alabama to become arguably the most dominant defense in the SEC.

Could Geathers and Jenkins do the same for the Bulldogs?

"Kwame is going to definitely command a double-team and with the 3-4 you're going to have one backer free every time if they can't man block him," Jones said. "That's going to free up (Alec) Ogletree or Christian (Robinson) every time. They'll step up and make the play."

The Bulldogs expect to have both of their behemoths available for Saturday's opener against Boise State.

Geathers has enjoyed a solid preseason, while Jenkins is just getting back into playing shape after suffering mild hamstring pull almost two week ago.

Jenkins feels he'll able to play a key role in the middle of the Georgia defense this fall.

"Yeah, why not?" Jenkins said. "I want to play, but in order to play, you've got to make plays, in order to be a factor."

Whether or not that will be Saturday against the Broncos, Jenkins would like to think that to be the case, but adds that the decision is not up to him.

"I hope so," Jenkins said. "I know I'm looking forward to the game, and if I'm out there, I'm out there. If I'm not, it's not my time."

Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham believes Jenkins is making strides.

Jon had his best practice today," Grantham said.

Jones says Jenkins and Geathers will both be fine.

"Oh yeah, no question," he said. "They've both got great futures."

Drew says he'll take it easy

Freshman linebacker Ray Drew says he's yet to climb back on a scooter following the accident that caused him to miss over a week with an injured shoulder.

But he hasn't given up the idea yet.

While he's been recovering, so has his scooter which had to undergo some repairs of its own.

"Not yet," said Drew. "I did call the guy today and I need to go back there and get it."

Drew said he'll be careful once he does.

"Yeah, I think I'll slow down a little bit," he smiled. "Although I wasn't going that fast, I'll still take it a little easier."

Fortunately, the injury hasn't set Drew back as much as it might ordinarily have.

He's been back at practice now for over week, and although he wasn't listed on Georgia's pre-game depth chart, he is expected to play.

Injury Update

Georgia appears to have received some good news on the running back front as both Richard Samuel and Ken Malcome returned to full practice Tuesday.

Samuel has been battling a strained quad while Malcome suffered an unspecified injury during the Bulldogs scrimmage last Wednesday at Sanford Stadium.

• Starting safety Sanders Commings was wearing a green non-contact jersey during the early portion of Tuesday's workouts but was able to participate in warm-ups with the rest of his teammates.

This and that

The Morris Brown College marching band will perform Saturday instead of the Boise State band, which will not make the trip. … Boise State has won six of its last seven games over teams from BCS conferences - Oregon State (2006 and 2010), Oklahoma (2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl) , Oregon (2008 and 2009) and Virginia Tech (2010). The only loss to a BCS school in the last five seasons was to Washington in 2007.

Anthony Dasher is the managing editor for UGASports
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