After Caleb King made a successful return to the playing field following a six-week absence with a hamstring injury and incumbent Richard Samuel fumbled twice in Georgia's win over Arkansas last week, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said the decision on who would start at tailback was "still yet to be determined."
Samuel ran for an 80-yard touchdown in the game, but had just 24 yards on his 15 other carries, two of which ended with fumbles. King picked up 59 yards on 11 carries in the game and earned praise for his improved pass blocking.
Bobo said the likely scenario will be that both players will see action early.
"I think it a lot depends on how they're running the football," Bobo said. "I think both guys will get equal amount early on and if we feel one guy is hotter than the other, I think we'll stick with him."
MURRAY TO REDSHIRT?
Freshman quarterback Aaron Murray is sitting out of practice for the second straight week with triceps tendonitis, and Bobo said that doesn't bode well for his chances at avoiding a redshirt.
"He's still not practicing," Bobo said when asked if Murray would earn a redshirt. "Yeah, I would say so. He hasn't practice in over two weeks. Right now, he's not playing."
Richt was more cautious in his approach, saying that there was still a chance Murray could play this season.
"I'm pushing that decision closer to Week 6," Richt said. "If you had some injury situations or promoted a guy to first or second team and you know he's going to get considerable reps every game, I think getting him in the last six games is worth it. It might be worth it with just four to go, especially if you're in contention for an SEC title."
GETTING SOME REST
Left tackle Vince Vance sat out of Tuesday's practice with some soreness in his left knee. Vance missed the latter half of last season following ACL surgery on the knee, but Bobo said the recent soreness was nothing to be concerned about.
"It's just natural for any guy coming off an knee injury to have some soreness, and you've got to work through that," Bobo said. "He practiced (Wednesday) and looked fine."
Cordy Glenn worked at left tackle during Tuesday's practice, and Bobo said Glenn worked there for significant snaps during Georgia's game against Arkansas last week, with Chris Davis subbing in for Glenn at left guard. Bobo said Vance will start this week's game, however, with Glenn at guard and Davis coming off the bench.
HE'S NO SLOUCH
Like every Wednesday, quarterback Joe Cox didn't throw a pass during yesterday's practice. A nerve problem in his throwing shoulder causes pain during many everyday activities, and coaches have decided an extra day of rest could mean a stronger arm on game day.
But despite the reduced role during practice, Cox said he's hardly taking the day off. While he may not be throwing passes, he said he's staying involved in everything else that's happening on the practice field.
"It's not like I come out there in my street clothes and just watch," Cox said. "I practice. There are some periods where I'll still do the pass plays, I just won't throw. I'll take my drop and act like I'm going to throw, just won't throw it. It's not a day off of practice. It's just a day off from throwing."
Richt said linebacker Darius Dewberry would likely return to action this week after missing the past two games. Akeem Dent, who missed action during the preseason with a sore hamstring and sat out last week's win over Arkansas, is unlikely to play this week, Richt said.