"When the time comes, I don't think there's any doubt he's going to get in it one way or another," Coach Mark Richt said. "I'm sure it'll be watched real closely and critiqued if we have less production, but he's going to play."
Lumpkin, the No. 12 Bulldogs' leading rusher last year, had carried the ball three times for 5 yards before breaking his thumb in the third game of the year. He has played the last two games on special teams with a large cast on his right hand, and he will try to play this week against Tennessee with a much smaller cast.
"I'm just going to go out there and try to get back into my rhythm," Lumpkin said.
Lumpkin could carry the ball, but Richt doesn't know where he stands on the depth chart, Richt said Thursday.
"I think all it's going to take is for him to break a big run for people to say, ‘Hey, good idea coach,'" Richt said.