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Georgia fans can expect to see more of freshman running back Kregg Lumpkin.

"Especially if he keeps running like he did against Tennessee," Coach Mark Richt said.

Kregg Lumpkin had five carries for 37 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown that Richt called the team's best runn of the season, last week. Overall, he has 124 yards on 27 carries.

Those numbers are impressive considering how slowly he started. The hamstring injury that kept him out of all Georgia's contact work in the preseason and the first two games has been well-publicized, but only Tuesday did Richt reveal how much ground Lumpkin has had to make up in the last two months.

Due to new NCAA rules, Georgia was only allowed to practice once a day during the first five days of fall practice this year. That week corresponded with the final week of summer school classes and exams, which kept Lumpkin out of almost every practice.

"It seemed like every time we practiced or met that guy was either in class or studying for an exam," Richt said. "He missed so much of the installation it's unbelievable. He's just now finally understanding the position."

In the last two games, Lumpkin has 19 carries for 92 yards and is averaging 4.8 yards per carry.

"I think he's just going to get better and better," Richt said.

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