Richt: Dawgs will battle injuries; Gators

Georgia takes on rival Florida Saturday in Jacksonville. The Dawgs have struggled the last decade against the Gators. Richt and company will try to reverse that trend.

We are beat up and tired," said Mark Richt Tuesday at his weekly press conference. Georgia takes on rival Florida Saturday in Jacksonville. The Dawgs have struggled the last decade against the Gators. Richt and company will try to reverse that trend, but with the way that Florida is playing and the amount of injuries that Georgia must deal with, it will be no easy task.

"Florida has really been coming on strong," said Richt. "Chris Leak is gaining confidence and is looking strong. Keiwan Ratliff is a great player period. He knows your tendencies and you have to know where he is at all times."

"My biggest concern is that they have gained a lot of momentum," added Richt. Florida has beaten LSU and Arkansas on the road in the last few weeks.

But Richt is more concerned with his own team. Injuries have mounted so far that it is almost hard to believe. Richt spoke about a few specific players during his conference.

"(Fred) Gibson practiced but didn't go at full speed. Jeremy Thomas practiced but only in non-contact work. Jermario Smith will not play against Florida," said Richt. "Bartley Miller and Josh Brock would not be ready to go today if we were playing."

Richt indicated that Tim Jennings will be starting in place of DeCory Bryant, who will miss the rest of the season due to a neck injury. Richt also pointed out that Georgia might have to ditch the 2 back offensive set if Thomas is not ready to play against Florida.

"There are a lot of guys that we have counted on that will not be out there," he said. Georgia played without 16 players on its 85 man roster last Saturday.

With all of the focus on Georgia's struggles with injuries as well as their documented trouble against Florida, Richt said that he feels like his team is being backed into a corner.

"We feel like a team with our backs against the wall," he said.

Richt indicated that Georgia can not get off to a slow start against Florida. He said that if the Dawgs can make it a close game going into the 4th quarter then they "might be ok."

Richt knows that this is one of the, if not the most important game to most Georgia fans. But he points out that the only way that Georgia can escape all of the talk about Florida's domination of the Dawgs it to win on Saturday.

"All you can do is win," he said. "People are going to talk (about Georgia losing) until then. I don't need to mention the history of this game to the players. I think that they have it memorized."


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