The most surprising name on the expected-to-play list is cornerback Vance Cuff, who almost didn’t make it into school.
“I’d say right now we’re leaning toward playing Vance,” Coach Mark Richt said. “He’s a very good cover guy; he’s tough; he’s very athletic. Sometimes freshmen kind of get in the tank somewhere along the way. So far, he’s competed every day.”
Cuff wasn’t approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse until two days before the Bulldogs began fall practice and his academic issues kept him from working with the team in the summer. Cuff, 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, would be Georgia’s fifth cornerback in the first two games because veteran Ramarcus Brown is suspended for those two games.
“We need some help,” Richt said, “and I think he’ll be able to do that for us.”
Offensive lineman Clint Boling also appears headed for playing time. Boling worked as the starting right guard Monday after junior college transfer Scott Haverkamp re-injured his sprained ankle. If Haverkamp can’t return full strength by the Sept. 1 opener, Boling may start in that spot ahead of freshman Justin Anderson, Richt said.
Linebacker Rennie Curran, the top backup on the weak side, also is penciled in to play, Richt said.
Wide receivers Israel Troupe and Walter Hill probably are headed for redshirt seasons, Richt said.
Wide receiver/tight end Aron White, tight end Bruce Figgins and linebacker Charles White still are what Richt calls “bubble guys,” meaning no firm decision has been made. Figgins returned to the practice field Monday from a leg injury.
Running back Caleb King missed another day due to a sprained hamstring, lessening his chance of playing even sooner.
“His race is against knowledge, just learning what to do, getting comfortable with the role we would be giving him and you need repetitions to get good at it,” Richt said.