September 23, 2007

One last look back

The subject started out as a question about the starting status tight end Tripp Chandler. But before Georgia coach Mark Richt was through it was clear that other jobs may be up for grabs as well.

"I would have to say that Tripp has got to definitely improve," said Richt, referring to Chandler's three drops during Saturday's 26-23 overtime win over Alabama. "But really, I think everybody's job is up for grabs. I'm not just picking on Tripp. We've got linebackers competing and tight ends competing, we've got running backs competing … everybody across the board … cornerbacks."

Richt 's not suggesting that there is about to be wholesale lineup changes. But because so many players are performing well, it only makes sense for starting jobs to be determined on the field and during practice.

"There are a lot of opportunities that are still out there. I don't think it's a slam dunk for (Chandler) or anybody. Everybody's got to keep fighting hard and competing, but that's a good thing," Richt said. "We've been playing a lot of people, but that's because we've got a lot of people playing at a competitive level."

And that, Richt said, is good news for the Bulldogs (3-1, 1-1), who entertain Ole Miss at 1 p.m. Saturday at Sanford Stadium.

"It's going to come down to who plays the best and who practices the best, that's what it's going to come down to on a weekly basis," Richt said. "It should be very healthy for us."

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