Athens — Joe Cox will play, and Caleb King probably won’t. Darius Dewberry won’t play, and Kiante Tripp might.
As for the others:
– King: After saying at the start of the week that King -– limited since Aug. 12 because of a pulled hamstring — would play against South Carolina on Saturday, Mark Richt said yesterday that King is, at best, doubtful. “The last couple of days [Tuesday-Wednesday], he wasn’t able to go through the whole practice,” Richt said. “So I would say, if you had to gauge it, it’d be doubtful that he would play.” Sounds like a heavy load for Richard Samuel again this week.
– Dewberry: Last week’s starter at strongside linebacker “pulled a [groin] muscle again and will not participate in the game,” Richt said. Akeem Dent is expected to replace him as the starter.
– Tripp: The backup defensive end, who missed last week’s game with a shoulder injury, has been back at practice this week. “Will he be able to play? Yes,” Richt said. “How much he’ll play, if he plays, I don’t know that answer.”
A few other notes:
– Speaking of defensive ends, Richt shed some light on last week’s use of defensive tackle Geno Atkins at D-end.
“Part of that had to do with a particular play that Okie State liked to run that the bigger, more physical and meaner the defensive ends, the better it would be,” Richt said. “It wasn’t so much that we are short of D-ends as it was a schematic thing that we thought would help us against a certain thing they like to do, which they never really got untracked and didn’t hurt us with.”
To have the best players on the field as much as possible, defensive coaches still like the idea of having Atkins and fellow DT’s Jeff Owens and Kade Weston in games at the same time.
– Team’s still buzzing about the big hit delivered by Reshad Jones on an Okie State receiver in the fourth quarter last week. Notwithstanding the questionable unnecessary-roughness penalty the hit drew, Rennie Curran said: ”I love seeing that from my safeties. . . . We need safeties back there with that hungry mentality that will take your head off.” (If you missed it, check out more from Curran here.)
– Saturday’s game is important in myriad ways, including this one cited by A.J. Green: “Losing that game last week, I just want a victory to get this feeling out of my stomach.”