Dawgs Have More Room for New Recruits

ATHENS - What looked like an already crowded signing class for next season could get bigger for two reasons.

More room for new recruits

First, Georgia may have more scholarships to offer than previously assumed. With Tony Wilson, Bryce Ros and Neland Ball all earning medical disqualifications in the past seven months, a few more scholarships have opened up. Add to that the departure of juniors Kevin Perez and Ricardo Crawford, who both will graduate and leave the program despite having an additional season of eligibility remaining, and the Bulldogs have a bit more room to maneuver.

Still, Richt said the increased scholarships available won't change the approach he has taken toward recruiting this season.

"I wouldn't say that, oh now we can go get two more," Richt said. "We're recruiting the same guys we've been recruiting all along, so that hasn't changed."

Dogs won't be going Green

It won't be the first time this season that Georgia has gone to battle without A.J. Green, and the Bulldogs managed to post 31 points a week ago without their star receiver. Still, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said there's no replacing a player of Green's caliber without changing the battle plan.

"It was good to see and get those guys in there to have opportunities, and they made plays," Bobo said. "It's a little bit difficult in the sense that you have a guy that was pretty dependable when the ball came his way in his ability to make plays and cause defenses to account for him."

Bobo said he still was unsure who would get the start opposite Tavarres King this week, with Michael Moore, Rantavious Wooten and Israel Troupe all in the mix.

Regardless of who plays in Green's place, Bobo said the key will be for Georgia to continue running the ball effectively, even with Kentucky's defense likely to put extra defenders in the box to stop the run.

"We'll still probably get a little bit more one-on-one that we did when he was out there, but we're still going to have to be able to run the ball efficiently," Bobo said.

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