September 1, 2009

McClendon breaks down running backs

Running backs coach Bryan McClendon said he'll know Wednesday whether or not Caleb King will get to travel with the rest of the team for Saturday's opener at Oklahoma State.

Although he still wore the green non-contact jersey, King was able to take part in some of the warm-up drills before practice actually began and appeared to be moving without any problem at all.

"We're definitely going to go out there and (Wednesday) is probably going to be how we make a decision," McClendon said. "You have to put yourself in position of being able to play him if he's good and be able to put yourself in position where Washaun Ealey will know what to do when and if he gets to play."

Richard Samuel, Carlton Thomas and Kalvin Daniels are already assured of making the trip to Stillwater.

But Tuesday, McClendon said that redshirt freshman Dontavius Jackson would also likely go. If King is not able to travel, then Ealey could get the opportunity to go as well.

"There's a chance we might take five because so many of those guys also play on special teams," McClendon said. "You want to have the flexibility to play as many fresh guys as you can on special teams, so we're going to see how that goes."

Washington will play, ready or not

Defensive coordinator Willie Martinez will be the first to admit that redshirt freshman Cornelius Washington could probably use a bit more seasoning before getting thrown into the mix against Oklahoma State.

Unfortunately, the Bulldogs don't have that luxury.

With Justin Houston suspended for the first two games, and three position players - Kiante Tripp, Jeremy Longo and Neland Ball - still suffering from injuries, Washington will get his chance to show what he can do - ready or not.

"He's going to have to be ready to go," Martinez said. "He's working hard, but he's not going to grab it all at one time. He hasn't played in two years but he's doing a pretty good job regardless of what happened to him last year."

Washington is currently listed second on the depth chart behind starter Roderick Battle and ahead of true freshman Montez Robinson.

Demarcus Dobbs will start on the other side and be backed up my Marcus Washington.

Lemon reportedly injured for OSU

Just hours after it was announced that Oklahoma State starting tight end Jamal Mosely was leaving the team for personal reasons, several media outlets were reporting that starting middle linebacker Orie Lemon will miss the rest of the year after tearing his ACL.

OSU officials could not immediately be reached for comment, but several news outlets in Oklahoma were reporting that the 6-foot-1, 246-pound senior suffered the injury during practice Monday afternoon.

Senior Donald Booker (5-11, 236) is expected to take his place.

This and that

• Linebackers coach John Jancek said that defensive end Akeem Dent (hamstring) will likely see equal playing time with Darius Dewberry at Sam linebacker.

• Georgia practiced for just under two and a half hours in shoulder pads and shorts on Tuesday, a day ahead of their traditional game-week preparations. The Bulldogs will use the next two days to put the final touches on their game plan Saturday's opener at Oklahoma State. "We're on our 'open date' schedule, which is a day ahead of usual," head coach Mark Richt said. "We'll be in short the next two days. Today was our last day in any kind of pads. The next two days are key to our mental preparation. We'll focus on assignments. We'll try to get their legs back under them...get their legs fresh. This is our last day of contact until Saturday. Hopefully, they'll get anxious to hit someone then."

• Richt had some heady praise for redshirt freshman Sanders Commings during Tuesday's press conference. "If you just looked at him in the weight room, you would think that he is a junior or senior. He has his body in tremendous condition. He's a big kid. He has good speed, he's intelligent, he's very coachable. Now he just needs to play and make plays in games, which will give him confidence for the future. His future is very bright in my opinion."

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