King: I Thought I Could Have Played

King: I Thought I Could Have Played

ATHENS – This time, Caleb King said he really will play. Then again, he thought he could have on Saturday.

King has missed the past two games with a sprained ankle.

"Me personally I felt like I could play," King said. "But the doctors and the coaches know best."

Running backs coach Bryan McClendon agreed that King "definitely" would play on Saturday. Not playing him against Arkansas was a decision McClendon said was made after watching King in warm-ups.

"He wanted to play," McClendon said. "But I felt it would've been unfair to him, it would've been unfair to the team to put him out there when he was hurting."

Other Injury updates

Nose tackle Justin Anderson (turf toe) was not present at Tuesday's practice. Cornerback-punt returner Branden Smith sat out and guard Chris Davis (hip and knee) both sat out practice.

Fullback Shaun Chapas (ankle) and inside linebacker Marcus Dowtin) were in green non-contact jerseys.

More cowbells

Richt said the team wouldn't adjust its gameplan very much because of the expected crowd noise in Stakrville. He added that they would "minimize" the checking at the line for Murray's sake.

Per a new NCAA rule, Mississippi State fans are only allowed to ring their customary cowbells during stoppages of play. But that didn't appear to stop some a couple weeks ago against Auburn.

"Just watching TV copy, they ring ‘em," Richt said. "It's going to be loud, it's going to be something we'll have to deal with from an offensive standpoint."

Ealey not to blame?

When Arkansas sacked Aaron Murray with a minute left, ending its drive, it looked like tailback Washaun Ealey had failed to block the sacker, Jake Bequette. Ealey went low on Bequette, who got up quickly and wrapped up Murray, and four plays later the Razorbacks had a game-winning touchdown.

But Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said Ealey was only asked to make a low cut block on the play, which he did. Bobo called the play "basically a coverage sack" since Arkansas quickly covered the two intended receivers over the middle.

"(Murray) had two guys (to throw to) underneath, and they basically covered those guys," Bobo said. "It was a quick-gain protection where you're cutting up front, and Ealey had cut the guy, and the guy got up"

Extra points

The Arkansas-Georgia game was the second-most watched noon game on ESPN since 1991. The network said that Georgia's loss was watched by an average of 3,307,000 households and 4,251,000 viewers. …

Saturday's game at Mississippi State is scheduled to kick off at 7:08 eastern time on Sports South. Former Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch will be the color analyst.

Quote of the day

"He's sick. I love how he doesn't make too many mistakes, puts the ball where it needs to be. He's smart at what he does. He's gonna be great before he leaves here. Extremely great. He's gonna be one of those names that everybody knows, that everybody remembers."

- Receiver Tavarres King on Murray

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