After Knowshon Moreno was forced out of last week's Alabama game with an elbow injury, Richt said he wasn't sure if his star running back would be ready to play against Tennessee on Oct. 11. Moreno, however, never had any doubt.
"I never thought it was broken or anything. I didn't think I was going to be out," Moreno said.
The sophomore tailback, who has 10 rushing touchdowns this season, said he injured the elbow on a blocking play when his arm hit another player's helmet. Moreno said the elbow never swelled significantly, however, and he has complete range of motion.
"Everything's good, everything's fine, there's no worries," Moreno said. "I'll be there (against Tennessee), I'll be ready to go."
BRAINS AND BRAWN:
A bevy of schools with high academic reputations such as Vanderbilt and Wake Forest are having strong years on the football field, but according to ESPN columnist Pat Forde, it's Georgia that has the best combination of smarts and skill.
In a recent column for ESPN.com, Forde ranked this week's AP top 25 in order of each team's APR, which tracks academic progress for their players. The Bulldogs ranked No. 1 with a score of 965, one point ahead of Wake Forest and Penn State.
"That's pretty impressive," Richt said. "I think that's outstanding. It makes you feel like you can have a great athletic experience and a tremendous academic experience all in the same place."
Middle linebacker Dannell Ellerbe left last Saturday's game against Alabama with a sprained MCL, but Richt said the injury would not require surgery. He said Ellerbe, who is a senior and needs just three credits for graduation, has used his spare time to get extra treatment in hopes of returning to the field in time for the Bulldogs' game against Tennessee. Ellerbe has been taking a minimum of four hours of treatment per day since the injury, Richt said.
"It's getting better," Richt said. "Will it be ready? I don't know. But he's doing everything he can to be ready. I just don't think it's close enough. He certainly couldn't play this weekend, that's for sure."
Defensive end Rod Battle has missed Georgia's past two games with a neck injury. Richt said Battle went in for tests Thursday, but results were not yet available.
Offensive lineman Chris Davis did not practice this week as a precautionary move, Richt said. Davis has been battling a hip injury for several weeks, and trainer Ron Courson advised a week off would be helpful in his recovery.
"We just wanted to give him a break on his hip," Richt said. "It had been bothering him, but Ron felt like it's doing him a world of good right now. He'll be back Monday."