Vandy Week: Teusday News and Notes

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

MORENO STARTING: Freshman tailback Knowshon Moreno will make his first collegiate start Saturday, running back coach Tony Ball said.

"He's ready," Ball said. "When you're on the field, you're a starter. He understands that."

Moreno, who has team-leading 462 yards on 91 carries this year, is replacing the injured Thomas Brown. Senior Kregg Lumpkin will back up Moreno but still can expect same number of carries Brown was getting, about 15 per game.

Lumpkin has only carried the ball seven times this year, three in the first game and four last week, thanks to a broken right thumb he suffered in the season-opener.

"He hasn't quite had the pounding that a lot of our other backs have," Richt said. "I see a fresher Kregg Lumpkin right now, and I think he'll help us."

Whether Lumpkin will be as effective as Brown at catching screens passes is an unknown because of the small cast on his thumb.

"I don't think we would just say, ‘Don't throw it no matter what,' but if we do (throw it), we have to put it right on the button," Richt said.

Ball has no reservations about Lumpkin catching the ball, he said, because the cast leaves all Lumpkin's fingers free.

WIDE RECEIVER UPDATE: Demiko Goodman will share series with starting wide receiver Sean Bailey against Vanderbilt, but Bailey will remain the starter, wide receivers coach John Eason said.

"If one of them gets hot, he'll get more plays," Eason said.

Kris Durham, who suffered a separated shoulder against Tennessee, probably will play this weekend, Eason said.

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