With the stretch run of the season coming up Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt said that he is pleased that he could play several running backs Saturday against Northwestern State, if for no other reason than to rest running back Musa Smith.
"It was big for Musa," said Richt of the rest that Smith, the starting running back got Saturday. "We've got to give him a little bit of a break."
Smith is Georgia's leading rusher, but before the season he was Georgia's biggest question mark coming into the season because it seemed that he could not shake the injury bug. But Smith proved durable in the first two games of the season, gaining over 100 yards against both South Carolina and Clemson.
But with Smith playing the majority of the snaps at running back, Richt felt that it was important that another back get experience against Northwestern State. And he also felt that it was important that Smith get some rest.
"We can't just grind him until he gets exhausted," said Richt of Smith.
Tyson Browning ran the ball a considerable amount Saturday and Richt was encouraged with the way he looked.
"He's got a different style for sure."
Richt said that the offensive line was blocking especially well for Browning Saturday, but he added that seeing Browning running the ball was encouraging.
"Tyson did benefit from some good blocking, but he made some nice moves, and some nice reads. He broke some tackles here and there. He also made some plays in pass protection."
Encouraged by Smith and Browning's play, Richt said, "I thought both of them had a good outing."
Dean Legge has been covering Georgia football for over four years. He is the publisher for Dawg Post He can be reached here: email@example.com