Caleb King’s twisted ankle, and other notes
ATHENS – Notes that have nothing to do with A.J. Green:
- Wondering why Caleb King got only one carry in the second half last Saturday? “I twisted my ankle right before the first half ended,” he said Tuesday. He called it “nothing serious” and said he is practicing without problem this week.
- Mark Richt reconfirmed that three players who were suspended from last week’s game because of recent arrests — tailback Washaun Ealey, split end Tavarres King and safety Alec Ogletree –- will play this week “if they behave.” King is No. 1 on the depth chart at split end (ahead of Marlon Brown), and Ealey is No. 2 at tailback (behind Caleb King). Ogletree, a freshman, is slated to play on special teams.
- Logan Gray will get a few practice snaps at quarterback “here and there,” Richt said, but is basically considered a receiver “right now.” Richt: “He’s a guy who we all believe can play. He knows what to do; he runs good routes; he’s got good hands; he’s a physical blocker. He’s definitely going to play.”
- Interesting comment by Richt on the botched coverage by Bacarri Rambo that allowed Louisiana-Lafayette’s only touchdown last week: “I’m glad in some sense there was a little mental error that happened that didn’t cost us the game but that you can teach from. Not only to Rambo, but everybody. One mistake and a team could score. That was probably good to have that point driven home for everybody.”
- “I think we played physical without playing stupid,” Richt said of the defense’s overall play last week. Notably, there were no penalties on defense.
- Offensive tackle Trinton Sturdivant, who missed the opener with a stomach ailment, is “fine now” and expected to play against South Carolina, Richt said.
- Todd Grantham summed up his high regard for Steve Spurrier’s coaching ability with this: “First off, he won at Duke. That’s not a knock. He won at Duke, then really he got Florida to where it is now.”
- Tailback-turned-linebacker Richard Samuel is sidelined with a knee injury, but Grantham says it remains too early to think in terms of redshirting Samuel. Grantham still thinks there’s a role for Samuel this year, on defense and/or special teams.
- Missouri athletic director Mike Alden will succeed former Georgia AD Damon Evans as chair of the Division I Leadership Council, the NCAA announced Tuesday.