I’m probably reading wayyy too much into the tea leaves, but I wonder if something is afoot with regard to the linebacking corps.
First, there’s this cryptic comment from Mark Richt at the end of the last Bulldog Hotline show:
Closing remark from Richt: If guys don’t want to play this week we’ll find someone who wants to.
Now, I’m seeing stuff like this…
from Josh Kendall:
• MILLER IN TROUBLE?
Linebacker Akeem Dent worked as Georgia’s starting strongside linebacker during Wednesday’s practice, a spot manned by Brandon Miller in the first two games of the year.
Richt would not say if any changes in the starting lineup are expected this week.
Miller “is doing all right, he’ll be fine,” Richt said.
… a similar note from Marc Weiszer at the ABH, and a more careful phrasing of the same observation from David Ching:
I don’t know if there’ll be a shakeup at LB this week, but they’re at least giving Akeem Dent some run with the starters at strongside linebacker. It’s probably safe to see him a good bit this week. Lots of young guys are probably going to get that chance, most likely. Sounds like Darryl Gamble and Marcus Washington might be among those guys, too.
I doubt we’ll know anything about this from the Western Carolina game – especially given WCU’s injury situation – but this may be something to watch down the road.