No Murray or Mett This Year?

ATHENS - After Joe Cox's three-interception performance against Florida, some fans were hoping one of Georgia's two freshman quarterbacks might make his first appearance of the season this week


But Richt said that won't be the case.

Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger will both redshirt this season, Richt said, but he admitted there was discussion about giving one of them playing time this week.

"It was discussion," Richt said. "It wasn't just like, well their freshmen don't do it. We talked about it."

In the end, several factors kept Richt from pulling the trigger.

For one, Murray had missed several weeks of practice earlier this season with elbow tendonitis. More importantly, Richt said, neither quarterback had proven he was ready to take over the job.

"We just didn't feel that this late in the season that it was time to do it, and they (hadn't) earned the right to be the starter," Richt said. "If you're going to put a freshman in there, you start him and you start him the rest of the way. But did anybody really earn that? They didn't. … We've got extremely high hopes for their careers, but to say one guy earned it over another, that didn't happen."


Freshman tailback Washaun Ealey started for the second straight game last week and picked up a career-high 70 yards on 17 carries against Florida's tough defense, but Richt said Tuesday that sophomore Caleb King would get the starting nod this week.

"We're not highly disappointed in Washaun at all," Richt said. "Washaun will continue to play, but Caleb has proved to be the one guy … that is much stronger in his pass protection right now."

The pass protection problems for Ealey were on display in the third quarter when Cox threw his second interception of the game. Ealey missed a block and Cox was forced out of the pocket, throwing a pass under duress toward the sideline. The turnover thwarted a key drive for the Bulldogs, and Florida solidified its lead from there.

King didn't see nearly as much action as Ealey against the Gators, but Richt said he was pleased with the work that King did get. For the season, King has played in just five games, rushing 40 times for 154 yards and a touchdown. He also has four receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown and has looked sharp in pass protection.

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