published Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Georgia breaks 'in a good spirit'

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    Georgia coach Mark Richt watches his team play against the Georgia Tech at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field in Atlanta.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

That's a wrap.

HOLIDAY TRAVELERS

The college football programs with the most bowl appearances along with their records:

SCHOOL NO. RECORD

Alabama 58 32-22-3

Tennessee 49 25-24-0

Texas 49 25-22-2

Southern Cal 48 31-16-0

Nebraska 47 24-23-0

Georgia 46 26-17-3

Note: Alabama and USC each has vacated one bowl victory due to NCAA sanctions.

The Georgia Bulldogs completed their on-campus workouts for the Outback Bowl with a one-hour workout Tuesday morning. Players then left for their hometowns and will reconvene in Tampa on Monday, with practices resuming next Tuesday for the Jan. 2 matchup against Michigan State.

"Everybody is in a good spirit," coach Mark Richt said. "I thought we prepared well. We had the right number of practices, and I thought everything we did was valuable."

The Bulldogs were without four starters during their preparation in Athens. Senior defensive end DeAngelo Tyson, senior punter Drew Butler and junior inside linebacker Michael Gilliard are recovering from ankle injuries, and sophomore right guard Chris Burnette has a sinus infection.

Richt expects Butler and Burnette to be fine once the Tampa practices begin, but he is less certain about Tyson and Gilliard. Should those two not play, sophomore Garrison Smith likely would start for Tyson, with junior Christian Robinson likely replacing Gilliard.

One off-the-field situation that is not expected to be resolved between now and the Outback Bowl's 1 p.m. kickoff on ABC is Richt's contract extension. He and athletic director Greg McGarity began those talks last week.

"It's not a major rush," Richt said. "Greg and I trust each other. Nothing is going to happen before the game."

Richt was asked Tuesday about backup quarterback Hutson Mason, who said this past weekend that he may transfer after the bowl or ask to be redshirted, which would put a year between him and starter Aaron Murray. Mason, a 6-foot-3, 196-pound sophomore from Marietta, has played this season only in the four games that were decided by 30 or more points.

"I can understand where he's coming from," Richt said. "We have talked, and I'm trying to help him make whatever decision he needs to make. We value him and think he's a very good player.

"We want him to stay, I can tell you that."

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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