South Carolina Week: Thursday News and Notes

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's news and notes from Georgia's fall practices.

KING A POSSIBILITY: Freshman running back Caleb King was moved from the scout team to the varsity offense for this week of practice, but that doesn't mean he'll play this week or this year.

"We're not going to be in a rush to play him right now, but I'm not going to count him out," Richt said.

Georgia will be without backup tailback Kregg Lumpkin for up to a month due to a broken thumb. King, rated the No. 4 high school running back in the country by Scout.com last year, could see time if the Bulldogs suffer any more injuries at the position, Richt said.

GAMBLE ARRESTED: Redshirt freshman linebacker Darryl Gamble was arrested in Athens at 10:46 a.m. Thursday on charges of not wearing a seat belt and driving with a suspended license.

His punishment will not involve a suspension, Richt said. Gamble was unaware he was driving with a suspended license due to a ticket that had been paid late, Richt said.

WAVE AFTER WAVE: Georgia's stated desire to rotate players more frequently turned into a reality Saturday, and Richt was thrilled with the results.

The Bulldogs played 21 defenders in the first half against the Cowboys – five defensive tackles, five defensive ends, three safeties, four cornerbacks and four linebackers. The result was fresher players who played faster when they were in the game.

"If we can keep doing that, it's really going to help us a lot," Richt said.

Jeff Owens played more than any of Georgia's defensive tackles, and he only got 32 snaps (out of 65 plays) in the game.

"If you're out there 60, 70 plays, you're going to take at least 20 of those plays off," Owens said, "but if you only play 30, you're guaranteed to go full speed each play, so the rotation, I love it."

TOUGH TEST: Georgia's defense will have to carry out its assignments better this week against Spurrier's offense than it did last week against Oklahoma State, senior safety Kelin Johnson said.

"You can't guess, you have to know (against Spurrier)," Johnson said. "If your guess, he'll slice and dice you."

It's also critical to disguise defenses, Richt said.

"What he does, of all the offensive coordinators I can think of, is he knows his system so well that he knows exactly what to do according to how you line up," Richt said. "It's going to be very crucial to us not to give too much a way. If he knows what's coming, he's going to make you pay."

THIS AND THAT: The Dog Walk is at 4:05 p.m. "We need our fans to get jacked up," Richt said. "If they thought it was important last week, it is at least twice as important for the crowd noise when those boys have the ball." … Offensive lineman Josh Davis has been moved from tackle to guard. … The Bulldogs held a short practice Thursday afternoon.


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