Gibson Still Questionable - Maybe Not That Hurt

<img src= align=left width=120 height=160>Mark Richt may not know until gameday. Yet in his Monday press conference with Columbia based beat writers he almost gave a hint that Gibson may ...

... Gibson may be available Saturday? The following are reports from the Georgia side of the ball.


The good news for Georgia fans is that Georgia wide receiver Fred Gibson may not have pulled a hamstring after all.

The bad news is that his status is still undetermined. Gibson came up limping while returning a kickoff with a little more than two minutes left in Saturday's 29-10 win over Middle Tennessee State. Initially, it appeared he'd pulled a hamstring. But coach Mark Richt said Sunday that director of sports medicine Ron Courson wasn't totally sure that was the problem.

Courson said Monday that it was a "mild to moderate" strain, and that Gibson was day-to-day.

The junior wideout from Waycross - who underwent two hours of treatment Sunday and 90 minutes Monday offered no evidence to the contrary regarding his availability against No. 25 South Carolina at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

"I might play this weekend. I might not play this weekend," Gibson said Monday. "I don't know, man. Ask me the same question (Tuesday). I can probably tell you."


Richt does not know Gibson's status, yet. (Not even as of late Monday.)

"I don't know for sure on Fred. He is gimping around right now. I don't know how long that his situation will be. We will find out more tomorrow when he tries to move around a little bit. I just couldn't tell you right now," Richt said.

The coaching staff has praised Gibson lately for improving his blocking and his away from the ball play.

"Fred is in the situation that he is right now because he was in the game. I don't think that he is too down. I don't know how bad it is, we are going to have to wait a day or two. I guess that it is a hamstring, those things are hard to tell. Ron (Corson) is not sure," said Richt about the doubt of the medical staff regarding Gibson's injury.

Gibson had 5 catches for 81 yards against Middle Tennessee yesterday. His 23 yard reception was his long for the day.

When asked if he had forgiven himself for leaving Gibson in the game right said no.

"Not yet. It was really kind of strange because the kickoff team is sitting there and Coach Rucker is talking to them. (MTSU) had a penalty after their touchdown, so they had to kickoff 15 yards closer to our endzone. I am thinking ‘we are going to get a big return'. I was just excited about those guys getting a big return."

"Coach Rucker was in the huddle getting them ready to go and I peeked my head in there and said: ‘Let's take it to the house'. Fred was standing right there and Decory Bryant was too. Both of our return men probably should not have been in the game at that time; they were and Fred is in the situation right now because of it," said Richt.

Last season Gibson had 6 receptions for 116 yards last season against the Gamecocks including a 53-yard reception to open up the game.

"We'll see if he can run tomorrow," he said.

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