Foster feels ready to play

George Foster said Wednesday he expects to see significant playing time against Alabama Saturday.

ATHENS, Ga. - His confidence boosted by two days of practice, offensive tackle George Foster said Wednesday he expects to see significant playing time against Alabama Saturday.

"I felt a little better today after I got a little used to the club,'' Foster said of the cast he wears on the field to protect his surgically reparied right wrist.

"It's kind of heavy so it tends to drop, and I've had to get used to that,'' Foster said.

Foster, a senior, started nine games last season and was again expected to serve as a co-starter with senior Kareem Marshall at split tackle this season. He returned to practice Tuesday about four weeks earlier than at first projected when he suffered the injury in a car accident the first week of August.

"George is looking good; he's surprising people,'' tailback Musa Smith said Wednesday. Said offensive line coach Neil Callaway: "I do anticipate (Foster) playing, but we'll see how much.

"Everything is go right now. I don't see any setbacks. ... We'll just play it by ear. We're not going to just throw him in there all at once.''

Added Coach Mark Richt: "(Foster) is gaining confidence. I don't know how game-ready he is for a game like this. Hopefully he'll continue to get more confidence as the week goes on.''

Charles Odum is the beat writer for Dawg Post in Athens. He has over 20 years of experience covering Georgia football. He can be reached here: CEOdum@aol.com

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