Despite fumble, tailback King ‘has made a good case to be the starter,’ Richt says
ATHENS – A few quick notes from Mark Richt’s news conference today:
- Despite his late fumble against Colorado, Caleb King seems likely to start at tailback this week. Richt said the decision will come later in the week, but “Caleb certainly has made a good case to be the starter.” King had 100 yards rushing on 12 carries last week. “No one’s happy about the last play,” Richt said of the fumble. “There were circumstances. That wasn’t just your normal fumble in my opinion. It was right in the middle of an exchange.” King fumbled upon being hit by an unblocked Colorado linebacker.
- With cornerback/punt returner Branden Smith out for this week’s game and likely longer because of his second concussion in three weeks, Richt said Carlton Thomas, Logan Gray and, yes, A.J. Green are returning punts in practice. Richt was unsure when Smith might be able to play again, saying “probably not anytime soon.”
- Richt was asked if he intends to be more actively involved in the play-calling. “Right now that’s not the plan,” he said. But he did say he will be “more assertive” in making sure offensive coordinator Mike Bobo knows Richt’s thinking in certain situations.