October 7, 2009

Injury bug bites another King

It does not appear that sophomore wide receiver Tavarres King will be making the trip to Knoxville for Saturday's game at Tennessee after suffering a concussion last week against LSU.

Head coach Mark Richt made the announcement following practice Wednesday afternoon.

"Tavarres has a concussion and I think it's very unlikely that he will travel," Richt said of the Bulldogs' third-leading receiver, who through four games has 10 catches for 170 yards and one touchdown.

King isn't the only Bulldog not expected to suit up in Knoxville due to a concussion.

Richt also said that running back Caleb King will not likely make the trip after the hit last week against the Tigers which fractured his jaw.

Richt said it will be up to team trainer Ron Courson to decide when the two will be able to resume contact.

"We have ways to check these guys. There are symptoms. Lingering symptoms are headaches, if a guy's got trouble with bright lights, that's an issue," Richt said. "We've got ways to test their balance. We'll exert them and see if they continue to have the symptoms before we put them into contact. There are cognitive memory issues we will monitor to see if they are in the fog are not.

"But when I say 'We' I'm not talking about me, but that's what Ron (Courson) tells me are part of the testing."

With the both players out, freshmen Marlon Brown and Washaun Ealey could get their chance to shine.

Ealey, who had eight carries for 33 yards against LSU, was already slated to play, but his role will likely increase. Richt said that he still expects sophomore Richard Samuel to start, but a final decision has not been made.

As for Brown, Saturday's game against his homestate Vols figures to be his best chance to see significant playing time thus far after having appeared in just one game (South Carolina) this year. He has yet to catch a pass.

"He's one step closer, I can tell you that, especially since Tavarres got hurt," Richt said. "He not much different than Washaun as far as knowing the plays. Washaun may be a little bit ahead, but Marlon is rapidly moving in that direction. He'll definitely play more."

In other injury news Richt said that Akeem Dent (hamstring) will miss his fourth straight game and Marcus Dowtin (finger)and Kiante Tripp (shoulder, stinger) will also remain in Athens.

• There was some good news.

Wide receiver Rantavious Wooten was back at practice after missing Tuesday's workout as was kicker Blair Walsh who had to leave work for treatment on his left foot.

Backup cornerback Chad Gloer (hamstring) remained in green non-contact jerseys and his listed as questionable.

Dawg will pay close attention to Berry

Tennessee safety Eric Berry shines like a big orange beacon, one that Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said the Bulldogs will need to avoid.

Barring something incredibly unforeseen, the Fairburn native will be a top-five selection in next April's NFL Draft as the top defensive back taken.

With 13 career interceptions, the 5-foot-11, 203-pounder is a playmaker in the first order, one that's equally good against the run as he is the pass.

"You said it correctly, you've got be aware he is, not just as a play-caller but as a football player. He's a very physical football player and if you're not running behind your pads he will cut you in half," Bobo said. "He'll deliver a blow, so if we get in open field we've got to run behind our pads, protect the football and be conscience of where he is and get a hat on him in the run game."

Bobo it won't be easy, particularly for a Bulldog team which ranks last in the SEC in rushing yards with just 98.8 per game and coming off a mere 45-yard effort against LSU.

"He's mostly the guy in the box, kind of like when we had Thomas Davis and Greg Blue," Bobo said. "He's going to be in the box. He plays as well as any linebacker we've seen. He's not afraid to throw his body in there and strike folks."

Kiffin offers thoughts on Bulldog offense

Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin used the words "explosive" to describe Georgia's offense and "dynamic" to describe the Bulldogs' defense during his weekly press conference.

Dynamic was also the word he used to describe A.J. Green.

"He is really dynamic. He has the ability to go up and make plays with the ball and then once he has it in his hands, he is like a little guy he is so quick. There are so many missed tackles on him. He is almost impossible to defend," Kiffin said. "That's why his numbers are the way that they are. A number of people are going to have to do a great job, and obviously it would help to get our pass-rush back too."

Fortunately for the Vols, Kiffin said, the Bulldogs haven't varied much on offense than what he's seen during Richt's nine years in Athens - and beyond.

"I don't think they are very much different at all. I don't think they are different from 15 years ago at Florida State. They do what they do. They don't change very much," he said. "As you watch last year's stuff and watch this year's stuff, I don't really see that big of a difference at all, just some different people in there. We know where they are going to be but we are going to have to make the plays and be very sound."

This and that

Tight end coachJohn Lilly said that he and Bruce Figgins have yet to come to a conclusion over whether the junior will redshirt this year. Figgins, who was suspended six games for violating team rules, is eligible to play next week against Vanderbilt. …Georgia's football game with Tennessee Tech on Saturday, Nov. 7, will be televised on a pay-per-view basis, according to an announcement by officials of UGA Athletics and ISP Sports, the multimedia rights holder for Bulldog sports. Kickoff time for the contest at Sanford Stadium has been set for 1 p.m. Cable and satellite systems in both Georgia and Tennessee will be offered the telecast with an individual subscription price of $29.95. Commercial establishments may purchase the game for $400.

Richt had no comment about the proposal to have Georgia and Georgia Tech meet in the 2011 season-opener at the Georgia Dome. "You caught me off guard with that one," Richt said. "I'd better talk with my AD (Damon Evans) before I say anything about that."

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