Gibson Doubtful for Gators

ATHENS -- Georgia coach Mark Richt says he has no reason to think his best playmaker will be back in time for the biggest game of the year.

"I wouldn't bet on Fred (Gibson) being back," he said. "He's hardly practiced a down in two weeks."

Fred Gibson, the Bulldogs' junior wide receiver who has missed the last two games due to a knee injury, believes otherwise.

"This week I've got to play. It's a do-or-die situation," he said following Georgia's 16-13 win over UAB on Saturday. "(My knee) feels real good."

The Bulldogs' injury list will be closely watched in the week leading up Saturday's Florida game, particularly after several Bulldogs limped to the sideline in the UAB game.

The most seriously injured is defensive lineman Ray Gant, who left in the fourth quarter with what team doctors fear is a broken leg, Coach Mark Richt said. If his leg is broken, Gant probably would be out the rest of the season.

Defensive end David Pollack, who left midway through the first quarter due to a right leg contusion, didn't have much to say after the game but indicated he would play against the Gators.

"What do you think," he said when asked.

Guard Bartley Miller left after aggravating a left shoulder injury in the first half. He said he suffered a subluxation, which is a mild dislocation, but added, "I'll be ready."

Linebacker Arnold Harrison sprained his right ankle on the first kickoff return of the second half and didn't return. He walked off the field with no support after the game and said he would be ready for the Gators. Cornerback Decory Bryant sprained his neck in the second half while returning a kick. Asked if he would play against Florida, he said, "I hope so." Linebacker Tony Taylor (ankle) and defensive tackle Darrius Swain (ankle) left the game in the third quarter and didn't return.

Several players never made it to the field Saturday, including fullbacks Jamario Smith (back) and Jeremy Thomas (concussion) and guard Josh Brock (shoulder). Smith and Brock are more likely to be back this week than Thomas, Richt said.

If Smith, a Forsyth native, returns, he'll be Georgia's starting fullback. On Saturday, the Bulldogs started true freshman Des Williams, who was a linebacker two weeks ago. Due to Williams' inexperience, the Bulldogs used very little of their two-back set against the Blazers.

With Brock and Miller out of the game, the Bulldogs played the entire second half with a walk-on, Ryan Schnetzer, and a true freshman, Fernando Velasco, at guard.

"You look around the huddle and you don't know what faces you're going to see," tight end Ben Watson said. "That's just the nature of the sport."

Some of Georgia's struggles on offense can be attributed to all the flux caused by injuries, Richt said. The Bulldogs had 337 yards against UAB but scored a season-low 16 points.

"We're playing with young, inexperienced guys," Richt said. "When you do that, there are going to be inconsistencies."

Injury report: Probable: OL Josh Brock (shoulder), DE David Pollack (leg), linebacker Arnold Harrison (ankle), DT Darrius Swain (ankle); Questionable: WR Fred Gibson (knee), OL Bartley Miller (shoulder), CB Decory Bryant (neck), LB Tony Taylor (ankle); Doubtful: DL Ray Gant (leg).

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