October 11, 2010

Still waiting word on King

As of Monday evening, Georgia coach Mark Richt still had not made an official decision regarding the status of Caleb King for Saturday's game against Vanderbilt.

But reading between the lines during his weekly call-in show, Richt seemed to indicate that the junior running back would likely have to sit out following his arrest early Monday morning for missing a court date in Walton County to answer to a speeding ticket he received over the summer.

Players were directed not to speak of the King incident, although associate athletic director Claude Felton confirmed that the player did in fact practice with the team Monday after being released on a $380 bond.

Washaun Ealey, Carlton Thomas and Ken Malcome said they will be ready if and when their name is called.

"I'm good, I'm back to normal, so if they need me I'm ready," said Malcome, who is back practicing after missing the past three weeks with a concussion.

Ealey, who has been plagued by fumbles, said he's also prepared for whatever role he's asked to play.

"I still feel like the coaches trust me; they trust me to be able to make plays," Ealey said. "I think I can do that."

Bailey singles out Gamble

After his speech to the Bulldogs prior Saturday's game against Tennessee, former linebacker Boss Bailey pulled Darryl Gamble aside.

His words struck a chord with the Bainbridge native.

"He got done talking to the team and he just pulled me aside, and said 'Gamble, you've got to be the one to lead,'" Gamble said. "I didn't know that he knew who I was, but we chatted it up. He told me to call him anytime. It was great to hear from him."

Gamble said Bailey's talk had a huge impact on the rest of the team as well.

"It had a big impact. Just his voice; he was so intense about it," Gamble said. "He's not too far from playing and was one of the younger guys they've had come in as honorary captain. You could just feel it from it."

Back to business for Dawgs

The Bulldogs went back to their usual Monday routine of conditioning, special teams and installation. Last Monday, Georgia's players put on full pads.

"I knew we were going to do that. I don't think we can afford to splatter into each other on Mondays and Tuesdays the rest of the season," Richt said. "We can't afford to have guys get hurt. So we went back to a normal Monday. (Tuesday) will be a very physical day. We'll tackle to the ground and do all the things we need to do to get better fundamentally."

Still, Richt doesn't regret what he did during practice last week.

"When you lose, people think things are worse than they are. And when you win, people think it's better than it is," Richt said. "We have gotten better, but we've still got things to correct and get better."

Murray honored by league

Quarterback Aaron Murray was tabbed the SEC Player of the Week Monday for his effort in Saturday's 41-14 win over Tennessee.

Murray went 17-of-25 for 266 yards and a pair of touchdowns with no interceptions. He also accounted for a pair of rushing scores, including a career-long 35-yard scamper through the Volunteer defense.

He completed passes to seven different receivers as Georgia accumulated 402 total yards on offense. While posting a career-best passing efficiency of 183.8 against Tennessee, Murray directed Georgia to scores on seven of 11 drives and helped the Bulldogs go 6-for-6 in Red Zone chances.

This and that

Next week's game at Kentucky has been set for 7:30 p.m. and will be televised by CSS. … Also, Richt announced that the captains for Saturday's game will be Clint Boling, Justin Houston, Brandon Boykin and Demarcus Dobbs.

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