September 20, 2009

King happy to be back

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Caleb King wore a smile that was hard to ignore.

It's been a trying month or so for the redshirt sophomore, who shook off his sore hamstring to help spark Georgia's 52-41 win over Arkansas.

King rushed 11 times for 60 yards, and although he didn't get into the scoring column, the sense of relief he felt sitting in the post-game interview room felt wonderful nonetheless.

"That's a lot of weight that just came off my back," King said. "I don't really know my stats. It just felt great to finally contribute. It's been a long time."

According to head coach Mark Richt, King can count on seeing more time.

After the game, Richt said that King would probably go into Saturday's contest against Arizona State second on the depth chart behind Richard Samuel[.db], who helped bring Georgia back with his 80-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
It was the longest rushing TD for a Bulldog since 2007 when Knowshon Moreno went 80 yards versus Troy. It was the longest rushing TD by a Bulldog in an SEC game since 1997 when Robert Edwards went 80 yards versus Kentucky.

The Atlanta native finished the first half with 30 yards on five attempts.

"This is most I've probably played since I've been here," King said. "It was just good to get out there again."

Turnovers still haunt Dawgs

Arkansas scored 14 points off two Bulldog fumbles and an interception.

The first came when [db]Prince Miller muffed a punt return that was recovered at the Georgia 34. The second came when Richard Samuel dropped a pitch from Joe Cox and was recovered at the Georgia 30.

The interception came in the second quarter and Arkansas got the ball on its 22 following two personal foul penalties. It led to a punt. Opponents have scored 40 points off 9 Bulldog turnovers this season.

The Bulldogs have allowed 102 points total.

Butler still gets his kicks

Redshirt sophomore Drew Butler continued his great job punting by averaging 55.2 yards on four punts, including a 64-yarder that pinned Arkansas at its own 9-yard line with 5:25 left and Georgia leading 49-41.

Three of his punts were inside the 20 and three covered 50-plus yards.

At Oklahoma State, Butler registered a 57 average, the second-best in school history.

Injury update

Sam linebacker Akeem Dent did not travel to Fayetteville.

According to Georgia sports information personnel, he was back in Athens recovering from a hamstring issue suffered in practice Thursday.

With Dent and Darius Dewberry out, Gamble made the start at Sam with Marcus Dowtin getting the call at Mike.

Justin Fields suffered a right shoulder injury in the first quarter and did not return.

Backup cornerback Vance Cuff suffered a knee injury late in the third quarter and did not return.

This and that

Next Saturday's game against Arizona State is scheduled to be televised by ESPNU. … Freshman Rantavious Wooten played the role of Branden Smith in the Bulldog backfield when he took a handoff for no yards. … Arkansas linebacker Jerry Franklin was ejected in the second quarter following a personal foul call. … Tight end Aron White now has five career catches, three of which have gone for touchdowns following Saturday's 21-yard score. … A.J. Green's 137 yards receiving marked the third time he has passed the century mark receiving. Last year, he had a career-best 157 yards against Arizona State and 132 against Vanderbilt.

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