Ealey Starting Is In Question

Ealey Starting Is In Question

ATHENS - With the Bulldogs pushed indoors due to rain Wednesday, running back Washaun Ealey could not be fully evaluated

Ealey, who scored five touchdowns last week versus Kentucky, said he is dealing with a sprain in the MCL of his right knee. Ealey said his knee was 100 percent and the injury was, "really nothing."

But Richt isn't sure who will start at tailback, he said. Junior Caleb King returns from a two-game suspension this weekend. Ealey's injury could keep him from starting, Richt said.

"I guess so, a little bit," Richt said. "I can't sit here and say. I don't even know who is going to start right now. If Washaun was healthy the entire week, he might have got the nod."

Branden Smith cleared

Cornerback Branden Smith, who missed the last three games with a concussion, has been cleared to play this weekend. Smith received the concussion on kick return Oct. 2 at Colorado.

Because the injury was his second concussion suffered this season, the Georgia medical staff took extra precaution in bringing back the sophomore, who also returns punts and kicks and plays offense.

"It was a little scary, but I wasn't worrying about it because that's the game of football," Smith said. "It's a contact sport…It's a dangerous sport. Ever since I was six I knew what I was getting into about playing the sport of football. Everybody is taking that risk. That is what the sport of football is all about, just taking the risk."

Forced inside

With pouring rain and lightning in the sky over the practice field Wednesday, Georgia was forced to hold practice indoors, at the Ramsey Student Center.

"I think everybody focused," Richt said. "I think we got as much out of it as we could. It may have been a blessing, you know, to our team as far as allowing our bodies to rest a little bit. I would have rather been outside if we could, but there was enough lightning in the area where we were advised not to."

Most of the practiced involved a walkthrough on both sides of the ball and about, "25 minutes of kicking," Richt said.

The practice was productive, Richt said, but nothing like being outside.

"I think the information we needed to cover was covered, but there's nothing like doing it. I wish we could have got out there and done it," Richt said.

Getting the grade

The Georgia football team had the second-best graduation rate in the SEC for players enrolled between 2000-03, announced Wednesday.

Vanderbilt topped the list among SEC schools, with Notre Dame taking national top-billing.

"I think that's great news for all of our players that have worked so hard and our academic people," Richt said. "It's certainly not as high as we want it to be, but considering a lot of people like to compare numbers within the league, to have that No. 2 rating is big."

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