Michael Cooper to get first start

Georgia may need a revolving door or two around the Butts-Mehre Building. Michael Cooper will start this week at tailback, Fred Gibson won't play at all, and B.J. Fields' Georgia career is over.

So much for a slow news day Wednesday. The announcement after practice by coach Mark Richt that Michael Cooper would get the start wasn't much of a surprise. Starter Tony Milton has been seriously hobbled by a bruised knee, and Richt thinks some rest may be the best medicine right now, although surgery is a possibility.

Plus, Cooper has had two confidence-inspiring games and has shown consistent progress.

"Michael Cooper will start and we hope to get him going and give him a majority of the early action," said Richt.

Ronnie Powell will see plenty of action, but Georgia coaches are still taking a little bit of a wait-and-see approach with freshman Kregg Lumpkin. He's the healthiest he's been since camp started, but has missed plenty of time with a hamstring and knee injury. Richt indicated Wednesday, though, that odds are he'd play.

"Kregg (Lumpkin) is ready to go so we're going to get him in there."

Richt said Fred Gibson (hamstring) was extremely doubtful for South Carolina. The junior wideout hasn't practiced all week.

"There's always a chance for a miraculous recovery," Richt said, "but he probably will not play at all." Georgia still has a solid contingent of receivers with Reggie Brown, Damien Gary, Michael Johnson, and freshman Sean Bailey.

B.J. Fields, a cornerback suspended for one game, is apparently off the team. Richt said he was suspended indefinitely but would leave UGA at the semester break. Fields, who had undergone surgery in April for acute compartment syndrome, similar to teammate Damien Gary, earned a one-game suspension in the late spring. The redshirt freshman from Camden County was charged in April for filing a false report of a crime when he tried to switch car tags to avoid paying parking fines.

"It's been documented that he did get into some trouble," Richt said Wednesday. "That was the beginning. "Normally, I hope a kid will learn a lesson when we discipline him. But I don't believe he really learned much at all."

STAT STUFF: Daccus Turman's 123 yards against Virginia was South Carolina's first 100-yard rushing performance since quarterback Corey Jenkins had 101 yards against the Bulldogs last year. ... Georgia hasn't allowed a rushing touchdown in 17 quarters, dating back to last year's Auburn game. ... UGA and USC are 1-2 in the SEC (and fourth and eighth nationally) in scoring defense at 5.0 and 7.0 points per game. They 2-3 (and 7-8) in total defense at 219.5 and 221 yards per game allowed.

NEWS 'N NOTES: David Greene and David Pollack are the subjects of a feature Thursday Night Fox Sports South's SEC roundup. The two grew up together and are roommates. The show airs at 6:30 p.m. with a repeat Friday morning at 12:30 a.m. ... This week's captains: junior safety Sean Jones on defense, junior fullback Jeremy Thomas and quarterback Greene on offense, and senior linebacker Chris Shaw on special teams. ... Saturday marks the fifth time both teams have been ranked at kickoff. While Georgia owns a 40-13-2 series lead, the Gamecocks have the edge when each is ranked, winning three of four. ... Last week's 99-yard touchdown pass from Dondrial Pinkins to Troy Williamson was the longest play from scrimmage in USC history. It's the 14th 99-yard play in NCAA history.

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