October 23, 2007

Richt comments on possibility of King playing

Heralded freshman running back Caleb King is making the trip to Jacksonville. Will he play against Florida? Georgia coach Mark Richt isn't saying, although the likelihood appears greater than it was before.

"We're going to bring Caleb just in case," Richt said during Tuesday's press conference at Stegeman Coliseum.

With the injuries to running backs Thomas Brown (broken clavicle) and Kregg Lumpkin (knee), King has begun seeing action in practice with the first-team offense in the event that he's called upon. After the press conference, Richt spoke exclusively with UGASports.com about King and the likelihood he would play against the Gators.

"He's like a lot of freshmen. He's much more adept at running the ball," Richt said. "Most every back is ready to run. It's those other things that get in the way."

Quarterback Matthew Stafford said he's liked what he's seen.

"He's (King) gotten some work. I know it's tough for him to come in and try to step in on a week's notice," Stafford said. "But he's done a good job trying to learn some stuff, just in case."

Richt joked with reporters about what he would do if Moreno were forced to come out of the game.

"Don't say that," Richt said. "I refuse to answer that question. Don't do that to me."

As for Jason Johnson being a definite No. 2 at tailback, Richt didn't commit to the senior from Chicago.

"I guess," he said. "It just depends on how we feel at the moment."

Washington to start at Mike linebacker

Marcus Washington's left shoulder isn't 100 percent, but it's well enough that he'll be able to start Saturday's game against Florida.

"It's not 100 percent, but it's good enough," Washington said. "It's good enough for me to be out there."

With Washington back, Richt said Dannell Ellerbe will slide back over to Will linebacker, with
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