Bulldogs Gear Up for USC, King may play

By: Staff Reports
By: Staff Reports

Wednesday Sept. 9, 2009

ATHENS, Ga. --- The 21st-ranked Georgia football team held a two-hour workout Wednesday in preparation for the upcoming Southeastern Conference opener with South Carolina. With lightning in the area, the team moved indoors to their position meeting rooms for the final 20 minutes of practice.

“We had one more day in shoulder pads and helmets today, and it was a pretty good grind,” said Georgia coach Mark Richt. “We also had an extra 10 minutes of kicking to our Wednesday schedule. We’re not doing the kicking on Sundays like we used to do on Mondays. We’re getting the same amount of work in, we’re just doing it on different days.”

Georgia is coming off a 24-10 road loss to ninth-ranked Oklahoma State while the Gamecocks edged N.C. State 7-3 in their first game of the 2009 season. Georgia leads the all-time series with USC 45-14-2. Recently, the games between the Bulldogs and Gamecocks have been tight with six of the past eight contests decided by seven points or less.

Georgia is 6-2 in the last eight meetings with South Carolina. At this point, Richt said he is not concerned with style points but just winning the game.

“It’s all about the victory,” said Richt. “After that first SEC game with South Carolina my first year (a 14-9 loss) and then the following year when we won (13-7), I appreciate the victory, the beauty is winning.”

Richt provided an update on the status of sophomore running back Caleb King before Wednesday’s practice saying it was “not a slam dunk” that he would play Saturday. King has been hampered by a hamstring injury since preseason practice, and he missed the Oklahoma State game because of it.

“On Sunday, Caleb ran around well, but we only went eight periods in shorts,” said Richt. “On Tuesday, we went in full pads for 22 periods, and there was some fatigue in that hamstring. We’ll monitor him and see how it goes. Caleb is very difficult to read. He wants to play. He feels like he’s getting ready, you can see it in his eyes. However, you have to be patient with this injury, and we’re going to be smart with him.”


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