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Georgia notebook: Richt to change road routine for team
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— Though his team is about to take its farthest trip west in the continental U.S. since 1960, Georgia coach Mark Richt will not vary from the Bulldogs’ usual traveling routines.

Third-ranked Georgia (3-0) has won 10 straight games entering Saturday’s game at Arizona State (2-1), and Richt sees no reason to change after last week’s victory at South Carolina.

The Bulldogs will fly west on Friday and return a few hours after the game.

"Our goal is to get in there and go to the hotel, have dinner, meet with the players like we always do, have a devotional, if they chose to go, and go to bed," Richt said after practice Thursday.

"For guys that like to rise early, we always have a meal for them if they want, but it’s not mandatory. We’ll meet again on special teams, offense and defense. We’ll have a chapel if they want to go, and when the chapel is over, I’ll speak to them for 10-15 minutes. Then we’ll jump on the bus, go get our pads on and warm up and play."

Georgia hasn’t traveled across as many time zones since the 2000 Oahu Bowl when Jim Donnan coached his last game in a 37-14 victory over Virginia.

The Bulldogs’ last visit to face an opponent as far west in the continental U.S. was 48 years ago when they lost 10-3 at Southern Cal.

On the rise

Freshman flanker A.J. Green led Georgia with three catches for 61 yards last week, making a big impression on senior split end Mohamed Massaquoi, who has 110 career catches for 1,513 yards and six touchdowns.

Massaquoi believes Green hasn’t been overwhelmed by the adjustment to big-time college football.

Both were Parade Magazine All-America picks as prep seniors, Massaquoi at Independence High in Charlotte, N.C., and Green at Summerville (S.C.) High.

"Coming in, everybody knew how talented he was," Massaquoi said. "I think he just understands the game a little bit better (than most freshmen), and things are developing easier for him. He’s a guy who is just going to continue to get better because he’s so eager to learn and so eager to go out there and make plays for us."

Bring more heat

Junior cornerback Asher Allen hopes the Bulldogs build a substantial enough lead at Arizona State to avoid needing fourth-quarter theatrics to win.

Midway through the final period last week, Allen recovered a fumble in the end zone to help preserve the 14-7 win over South Carolina.

He believes the secondary must close faster this week on receivers, hopefully cutting down the time that Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter has to make his reads.

"We have a lot of (defensive ends) who trying to get into position," Allen said.

"As defensive backs, we have to get be able to hold the receivers for them to get there. It’s something as a team we have to work on."

Time’s up for Henson

Richt said that former snapper Jeff Henson will not return for the remainder of his senior year.

Henson was suspended indefinitely in August after his second-alcohol-related arrest during the past year.

A former standout from West Hall High in Oakwood., Henson earlier disappointed Richt with poor behavior that led to his being suspended for the Bulldogs’ win over Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl.

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