Alabama Week: Wednesday News and Notes

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

BATTLE OF THE BACKS: As important as Saturday's game is to Georgia's present, it also could be a nice preview of things to come in the SEC. Redshirt freshman tailbacks Knowshon Moreno of Georgia and Terry Grant of Alabama are looking like they might be the future for their teams and maybe the league.

"I just know it's two guys right now who are hot," Georgia safety Kelin Johnson said. "Everybody wants to see them."

Unlike Moreno, Grant has emerged as the Crimson Tide's featured back. He is second in the SEC with 134.3 yards per game and has five touchdowns, one short of Alabama's freshman record.

Moreno, who is playing behind senior Thomas Brown, has 47 carries this season, 15 fewer than Grant, and is averaging 89.3 yards per game.

Saturday will be Moreno's first road game and his teammates think his normally high level of excitement is only going to be raised by the trip.

"We're going to have to tranquilize him," Stafford said. "He's going to be going crazy. He's going to be full of energy and for running backs I don't think it's as big a deal. They're get the ball and go. He's going to need to remember pass protection and things like that, but he's doing a great job with that."

INJURY UPDATE: Georgia will only use running back Kregg Lumpkin (thumb) to run the ball in an emergency situation, Richt said. However, Lumpkin will return to the rotation on special teams. He is one of last three men back on the Bulldogs' kickoff return team so assistant coach Tony Ball made him field kickoffs Wednesday and said he was impressed with the way Lumpkin held onto the ball despite a cast on his right hand.

Backup tailback and fullback Jason Johnson (hand) is expected back after missing last week's game.

"He might be a little more likely to carry the ball than Lumpkin right now," Richt said.

Cornerback Bryan Evans (knee) is expected to play but may not return to his starting role.

"I don't know if he's 100 percent quite frankly," Richt said. "I'd say he's getting there."

Richt declined to say if the team had suffered any new injuries this week in practice.

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