Freshman Lorenzo Carter started in his place and had a huge game, with nine tackles and two and a half sacks.
“I think Lorenzo did play well. I think Floyd will play,” Richt said. “I think we need to substitute as much as we can in every position we feel comfortable. You know what I’m saying? If you got a big dropoff between one and two, you don't want to sub a lot, but you got two guys that are playing good, play them both. Let them help each other out.”
Floyd, a junior considered a possible NFL first round draft pick if he enters the draft, leads the team with five sacks and is tied for fourth with 43 tackles.
“It's going to be -- it's been a long season," Richt said. "It's going to be a very physical game. Obviously both teams like to run the ball.You know, let's sub as much as we can to keep everybody as fresh as possible.”
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The forecast calls for a low temperature on Saturday night of 31 degrees, according to Weather.com. Georgia says all permanent concession stands in Sanford Stadium will have hot chocolate, with the exception of a Gate 6 stand. “We’re not too concerned about the weather,” Richt said. “From what I hear, the wind’s not going to blow too hard if it goes the way it’s supposed to. I think it’s going to be a nice, beautiful crisp clear night. I think the guy’s body heart and adrenaline of playing hard will keep them warm.”
Georgia’s running backs have shed the green non-contact jerseys they had been wearing for several weeks even when not injured. “Mostly because we’re not doing an awful lot of offense vs. defense anymore,” Richt said. “We’re doing scout work mostly. The scout teamers aren’t striking those guys.”
Wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley has played in three of the last four games, but still hasn’t caught a pass this season. “He’s getting there, he’s working hard,” Richt said. “ I wouldn’t be surprised to see him do something anytime now, but it wouldn’t have surprised me last week or the week before.”