W. Carolina Week: Tuesday News and Notes

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

TAILBACK UPDATE: With Kregg Lumpkin and Jason Johnson both out with thumb injuries, true freshman Caleb King still is working with the varsity offense.

However, Georgia's coaches don't want to rush him into the action, Richt said. He won't rule it out, though.

"Things can happen, you can get some injuries, and all of a sudden you have to get him in there," Richt said.

Fullback Shaun Chapas will work at tailback this week to provide additional depth.

Although Knowshon Moreno is Georgia's leading rusher (174 yards), he will not supplant Thomas Brown (97 yards) in the starting lineup this week, running backs coach Tony Ball said.

"Not yet, it's not time," Ball said.

SUPER SUBS: Tackle Vince Vance and guard Clint Boling soon will become bigger parts of the Bulldogs' offensive line rotation, Richt predicted.

Vance played one series against South Carolina, and graded out at 80 percent, which is a good grade in the offensive line room, Vance said.

"Vince has got to practice a little better," Richt said. "The plays that he did play in the game he did a pretty nice job."

Vance is backing up Trinton Sturdivant at left tackle. Boling is the top backup at both right guard and right tackle, Richt said.

"I think he deserves probably a little more of a rotation regardless of who we're going to play next," Richt said.

INJURY UPDATE: Safety Kelin Johnson returned to practice Tuesday and will play Saturday, defensive coordinator Willie Martinez said.

Defensive end Jeremy Lomax (sinus infection) did not practice. Defensive tackle Kade Weston, who was voted the defense's most productive player after Saturday's game, was in a green jersey due to a shoulder injury. Tony Wilson (ribs) also practiced in a green jersey.

QUOTABLE: "We've known it for the longest, but it becomes real after you lose a game, football is not quite as fun when you lose. So were dealing with that. I'm glad we've got a game. I'm glad we don't have an open date. It's after a loss you wish you played baseball or basketball and could back and get that taste out of your mouth sooner rather than later," Richt said Monday.

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