Richt: Branden Smith will play Saturday, barring setback

Cornerback/punt returner Branden Smith, who missed Georgia’s past three games because of a concussion, is expected to return to action Saturday against Florida, coach Mark Richt said Monday night.

“Branden, we believe, will be ready to play,” Richt said on his weekly radio show. “If there is no setback, then he’ll play for us. We feel like he’ll be ready to go.”

In addition to using Smith on defense and punt returns, Georgia also occasionally plays him on offense. In punt-return situations Saturday, Richt said the Bulldogs will have the option of using Smith or A.J. Green. “A.J. still might be back there,” Richt said.

Smith suffered his second concussion of the season in the Oct. 2 game at Colorado and has not played since.

Richt also said wide receiver Logan Gray will be “ready to go.” Gray left last week’s game with a minor hamstring injury in the first half but returned later.

“I don’t think he has any ill effects from what happened in the ballgame this last week,” Richt said. “I just talked to him today, and he feels real good.  More than likely, Logan will be the guy back there when we’re in our punt-safe, as he has been, standing on that 10-yard line deciding whether to field the punt or let it roll into the end zone.”

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115 comments Add your comment

DawginOH

October 25th, 2010
9:06 pm

Welcome back, Branden! GATA!

Typical Choad

October 25th, 2010
9:06 pm

Kramer

October 25th, 2010
9:06 pm

Welcome back Brandon…GATA!

Sanford Drive

October 25th, 2010
9:06 pm

Great news.

We need to be at full strength.

I do thikn we need to turn Branden Smith into an offensive player. He cannot tackle, but is fast as the wind. We need the ball in his hands, not him chasing after the ball. See South Cackalacky game in 09′.

Thomas

October 25th, 2010
9:07 pm

PRAY!PRAY!PRAY! GO DAWGS!

Kramer

October 25th, 2010
9:08 pm

Not only did I copy DawginOH, without seeing his post, I misspelled Branden’s name. Shame on me.

Chris Rainey

October 25th, 2010
9:08 pm

It’s time to die Bulldogs. Gators win by 30

Sanford Drive

October 25th, 2010
9:11 pm

Where have the Techies been this week???

Anybody feel like risking their life and go on down to the North Ave Hood and check on them??

Dawggie

October 25th, 2010
9:12 pm

This is the one week every year that Georgia Tech fans live vicariously through the Gators.

Calhoundawg

October 25th, 2010
9:15 pm

If this ain’t the year, I don’t know what is. Florida’s run defense is suspect (Georgia is #1 in the SEC), and our running game is clicking. This one may not end up being close. Bobo’s play-calling, should the running game stall, is crucial. We are a two-dimensional team; let’s use both dimensions. If we get to Brantley early (expected), they could fall apart. I have a very good feeling about this game. To beat #1 ranked Auburn on the Plains is almost too much “Glory” to contemplate. Key word “almost.” God Bless you Coach Richt. GATA — Go Dawgs !!!!!!

NRBQ

October 25th, 2010
9:19 pm

Anyone seen TampaGator around here lately?

NRBQ

October 25th, 2010
9:19 pm

‘Cause he was here 24/7 in August.

NRBQ

October 25th, 2010
9:21 pm

‘Splaining UF’s depth chart position-by-position, and extolling the superiority of the Gatah’s incoming class.

Irish Dawg

October 25th, 2010
9:22 pm

Cuff will cost Georgia the game.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5726924

October 25th, 2010
9:24 pm

was it over when the germans bombed pearl harbor?! ….

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5726924

charlotte dawg

October 25th, 2010
9:25 pm

sorry, make that “was it over when the germans bombed pearl harbor?

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5726924

PA Dawg

October 25th, 2010
9:28 pm

If the dawgs don’t give them any gifts, we’ll win…..and big. Without turnovers or special team scores, the gators won’t win.

Dawgs win the turnover battle and roll 34 – 14

dawg from a distance

October 25th, 2010
9:33 pm

Getting instead of giving turnovers has been rather helpful hasn’t it?

I think the one major key, more that evem AJ, is the turnover results of the last 3 games. Sure have helped us out.

Hope they keep coming! Go DAWGS!

Dawggie

October 25th, 2010
9:43 pm

Can you imagine……

if we beat UF, and the Techies….. how peaceful our blogs will be all spring and summer?

We may be looking at the possibility of actually talking UGA Football in the near future boys and girls!!!

Week 9: Florida vs. Georgia

October 25th, 2010
9:56 pm

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GatorsOwnU

October 25th, 2010
10:17 pm

Funny how Dawg fans are so optimistic prior to their annual thumping!!

Red and Black

October 25th, 2010
10:19 pm

I love the DAWGS to death and i will always will. However, i’ll believe it when i see it. It seems like the Gaytors have a psychological edge on our guys. I just hope we can get the rivalry going in the right direction!!!!!

Thomas

October 25th, 2010
10:31 pm

This Saturday…settled on the field!

Wes Durham's Gigantic Bottom

October 25th, 2010
10:40 pm

Does anyone think the defense will be less physical with Branden Smith back? Unfortunately, I have never been impressed with Smith as a DB. He has incredible speed, but does not tackle very well. Perhaps he should be moved to offense full time.

US Rep. Corrine Baker

October 25th, 2010
10:43 pm

Go Gatah and Corch Irvin Mayers!

beatdowns galore

October 25th, 2010
10:53 pm

Gators win again! Bet your house on it !

Synchronize Your Dogmas

October 25th, 2010
10:55 pm

Dawggie

October 25th, 2010
9:43 pm

Can you imagine……

if we beat UF, and the Techies….. how peaceful our blogs will be all spring and summer?

We may be looking at the possibility of actually talking UGA Football in the near future boys and girls!!!

The class outta Alabama (both sides) will only replace them but that is a great thought!

This just in....

October 25th, 2010
10:56 pm

Corch Mayers rushed to Mayo Clinic

ozzfest

October 25th, 2010
11:13 pm

Yes, I have prayed.

Let the BIG DOG eat.

kyle

October 25th, 2010
11:19 pm

Georgia is playing far better than them, has a better QB, better RB, better WR’s, better offensive line, better defensive line…but it doesn’t mean a thing against Florida. I feel like if Georgia comes out and plays their game, they will take care of the Gators by a couple touchdowns. But since when has Georgia come out and played to their potential against the Gators?

Old Ball Coach

October 26th, 2010
12:06 am

If Meyer isn’t willing to punish Rainey, the Dawgs will have to do it.

ugadawg88

October 26th, 2010
12:28 am

http://pricezack.wordpress.com/ there is a really good ga v fla preview on this site

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Hunker Down

October 26th, 2010
1:16 am

Need to tighten up on pass coverage BS. This is the game people remember for years to come.

FULL STRENGTH

October 26th, 2010
1:19 am

I”ll be at full strength and pulling for the Dawgs in Jacksonville Saturday. Even thought about going to Corey Smiths concert Friday night in Jacksonville. I graduated with Corey and I want to hear him sing EVERY DAWG HAS ITS DAY so loud the Gator fans hate it!!!!

76-DAWG

October 26th, 2010
1:39 am

Smith will be a welcome addition but I would take anybody we can get to overcome our coaches mental block against Florida. If we win it will because the players overcame a 7 point spot Florida gets for a home game and because we were that much more physical than Florida. UGA should beat Florida by 10 to 18 points but will be very lucky to win by one point because our coaching staff has been out coached year after year. If we left Bobo in Athens I would be a lot more optimistic.

hop

October 26th, 2010
6:26 am

GEORGIA is coming into the game with ‘big mo” on their side. this is not a vetry good florida game and the dawgs have the opportunity to make a clear statement .

the gators are a much different team without tebow,georgia wins if they continue to play with the same focus as they have the last three games.

Columbus Dawg

October 26th, 2010
7:05 am

I see where McGarity is “giving Richt credit”. Is this the same as a “vote of confidence”? It will be interesting to see what he says if the Dawgs come up short in Jax. I know that there are many who will not let it go if Georgia does not win this game. There has not been a better time for UGA to take a win from UF. A loss would make the Auburn game a must win for Richt and Company, and that would be much harder to attain. I think it is a little early for such praise from McGarity. People will put pressure on the new A.D. if Richt does not accomplish something meaningful this season.

True UGA fan...

October 26th, 2010
7:15 am

I’m not trying to down talk UGA or anything because I have always been and always love UGA football. Georgia has to call this game the right way. We have every advantage in this game talent wise easily. This game will really show if Richt can coach or not. We also have to get this mental advantage that Florida has had the past 20 years over with. If we can do those two things UGA should win by at least two touchdowns.

AltamahaDawg

October 26th, 2010
7:25 am

I hope so, because #25 could use the help.

Moonpie

October 26th, 2010
7:25 am

BoBo is the most important factor on Saturday. We have the talent,defense is playing well enough to win.BoBo must call an intelligent,aggressive game on Sat. Use all the weapons-A.J-Charles-Durham-Throw to backs-Stretch the field. Open it up-Nothing to lose attitude.If we get a lead,be aggressive.Do not sit on a lead-Put the pressure on the Gator offense to score.

Paul is a Johnson

October 26th, 2010
7:26 am

76-Dawg – give up the 7 point advantage for a home game stuff. We use to own this series in the same location that FL now owns us. The one thing that FL seems to always kill us with is the quick slant. Lets see if we can adjust to that since we haven’t been able to the last several years. If we are to win this game AJ needs to show out. Over 100 and a couple of TDs. Two weeks off for FL to find and exploit our already suspect passing game has me pretty worried. We are going to have to win this one in a shootout.

lawdawg

October 26th, 2010
8:03 am

I think it’s hilarius how Fla. fans think that Fla. will win because they won past games which have nothing to do with Saturday’s game.

guy

October 26th, 2010
8:05 am

It’s amazing that now the loud gator fans have become quiet.Now they know how it feels just to be an average football team like our UGA teams have been for a few years.Still,go DAWGS!

BirdDog

October 26th, 2010
8:07 am

UGA just needs to play a complete, solid game and let the chips fall where they may. GATA! Go Dawgs!

Dawg_Mike

October 26th, 2010
8:28 am

This is a new deal under number 11’s leadership, so recent history will not affect him.
Bold prediction:
UGA 26
UF 10

BOSS GATOR

October 26th, 2010
8:34 am

HEY Jail Yard Puppies…Time for the world’s largest annual outdoor ass kicking…Again…Bring those black helmets and red panties ……However, parole officers will be here….You ain’t no BFD…….

Harpoon

October 26th, 2010
9:08 am

I hate them damn Gators

SECWasteManagement

October 26th, 2010
9:11 am

Dawgs keys:
1. Holding onto the football, no INT’s, and no sacks that should have been throw aways.
2. Vance Cuff, Sanders Cummings, etc. Secondary cannot give up the suspect 1 or 2 big plays/penalties that they have done all year. They have to lock it down. If Houston, Dent, and that front 7 play like they did in the 1st half vs. UK, then Brantley is going to be digging grass out of his face mask all day.

TallyDawg

October 26th, 2010
9:11 am

Jacksonville will be a fashion show Jorts, mullets, wifebeaters , and gaytor tattoos this weekend. Good to have Branden Smith back though, Vance Cuff couldn’t cover his own grandmother.