ATHENS – It remains unclear who will start at tailback for Georgia on Saturday, partly because of Washaun Ealey’s knee injury, coach Mark Richt said Wednesday night.
“I don’t even know who’s going to start right now,” Richt said. “If Washaun was healthy the entire week, he might have gotten the nod.”
Georgia held a walk-through practice Wednesday indoors at the Ramsey Student Center because of lightning in the area, but Richt expressed doubt Ealey would have been able to participate full-speed in a regular outdoors practice.
Richt expressed optimism that Ealey’s knee, injured late in last week’s win at Kentucky, will be better by Saturday’s game against Florida in Jacksonville.
“It’s really more of a bone bruise; it’s not necessarily anything structurally wrong,” Richt said. “But it’s bothering him right now. In a few days, that will subside and then you add a little adrenaline to it and he’ll be fine.”
If Ealey doesn’t start, Caleb King likely would.
Ealey, who ran for 157 yards and five touchdowns on 28 carries at Kentucky, injured the knee midway through the fourth quarter. He left the game briefly, then returned to make his longest run of the night, a 41-yarder.
Ealey said Tuesday that the injury was diagnosed as a mild MCL sprain, adding: “It’s really nothing. Basically, just a bruise. . . . I know I will be playing.”