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Shockley expected to miss three to four weeks

ames the next two weeks against Northwestern State and New Mexico State might have provided more time for Georgia redshirt freshman quarterback <b> D.J. Shockley</b> to gain needed experience. &nbsp;Instead, tests Sunday confirmed that Shockley will miss at least three to four weeks with a broken bone in his left foot.

Shockley broke the fifth metatarsal in the foot on a running play in Saturday night's 13-7 win at South Carolina and may not be able to return any sooner than the Oct. 12 game against Tennessee.  "(The next two weeks) could have helped (Shockley) a lot, giving him more reps and more confidence,'' Coach Mark Richt said Sunday. "It would have just given him more seasoning just to be ready when we continue on with our conference play.'' 

Georgia (2-0 overall, 1-0 Southeastern Conference), which moved up one spot to No. 8 in Sunday's Associated Press Top 25, plays at Alabama on Oct. 5 before playing host to Tennessee the following week. 

For now at least, debate about the two-quarterback system has been temporarily shelved. Georgia moves back into a one-quarterback system, with David Greene no longer having to share time. Senior Cory Phillips is the top backup.  

Though Shockley's progress may be slowed by the injury, Richt still expects to return to the two-quarterback system.  "When he's healthy I would like to get him back playing again,'' Richt said of Shockley. "We'll just have to wait and see how quickly it is before we can get him back.''  

As Richt's review of game film Sunday confirmed, there are still other areas in need of fine-tuning the next two weeks.   After being held to 203 total yards by Clemson, Georgia managed only 297 yards against South Carolina. Georgia averaged 432.8 yards per game last season to rank third in the SEC.  Richt was not satisfied with the run-blocking by the offensive line and says Georgia still needs to find a backup tailback to play behind Musa Smith.  

Asked about his team's lack of an offensive identify, Richt said "Right now our identity is lack of execution.'' Added Richt: "We're just struggling now,  just not making the plays that ought to be made. I'm trying to get to the point where we can really open the thing up, but it's tough to open it up when you just can't execute just the basic things you're trying to do.''  

Still, Richt said he was not as frustrated Sunday as he was immediately after the game Saturday night.  "I mean if we were playing the best we can play and we got out of those games by the skin of our teeth, I'd have a little more concern than I have now,'' Richt said. "I'm still confident we'll get those things squared away.''


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