Richt said Tuesday he thought tailback Caleb King would be a near certainty for Georgia's matchup against South Carolina, but after the sophomore failed to make it through any of this week's practice sessions without soreness in his injured hamstring, Richt downgraded his assessment to "doubtful."
Multiple additional sources confirmed to the Telegraph that King would not be available for the game, leaving sophomore Richard Samuel as the Bulldogs' primary ball carrier. Samuel had 87 yards on 20 carries in Georgia's opener.
King said Wednesday he wasn't sure when he would return to action, but Richt said the primary obstacle for the tailback now is simply rebuilding the strength in his hamtring.
"We don't really have any set limitation on him other than how far can he go before it fatigues and the last couple days he hasn't been able to go too far into practice," Richt said.
The Cowboys' spread offense made getting to the quarterback a difficult task, as Zac Robinson ran few five- or seven-step drops, but that shouldn't be as much of an issue against South Carolina and quarterback Stephen Garcia this week – and that's news that has Georgia's defense excited.
"That's something you look forward to being a defensive lineman and they won't be in shotgun the whole time, so hopefully we can apply some pressure and get some sacks," senior defensive end Rod Battle said.
Saturday's game will also be the last for Georgia before sophomore defensive end Justin Houston returns from a two-game suspension, and while Battle said he thought the back-up pass rushers handled themselves nicely last week, he's eager to take the field with a full compliment of defensive ends.
"I don't think anybody got too tired due to depth problems, and I think they're continuing to get better, but we'll be glad when Houston gets back," Battle said.
Freshman defensive lineman Kwame Geathers said he hadn't even graduated high school yet before he started talking trash to his older brother about this week's Georgia-South Carolina game.
Clifton Geathers, Kwame's brother, is a defensive end for South Carolina, and Saturday's game marks the first time the two brothers will face off against one another.
"I was talking smack to him and he was talking smack to me, but it's going to be very exciting to see him on the other side," Kwame Geathers said. "I don't say anything about the game plan, just about who's going to win and how good he's going to do."
Geathers said he'll have plenty of family members in attendance for the game, but he's still not sure which team they'll be rooting for.
"Hopefully when they come here and see our fans, they'll switch their minds over to Georgia," Geathers said. "Or go half-and-half at least"