September 21, 2010

Bobo doesn't use missing players as excuse

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo had an opportunity to lay Georgia's offensive inconsistencies at feet of injuries and the four-game suspension of wide receiver A.J. Green.

But he wasn't biting.

"The bottom line is we've got what we've got and we've got to find a way to win football games," Bobo said after practice Tuesday. "That's the challenge. I'm disappointed we haven't been able to do that. But every player in that room and every coach in that room, we've got to go back grinding and get a win. That's the most important thing."

Bobo was asked about a number of subjects regarding the offense, including his explanation as to why Georgia's tight ends haven't played a larger role.

Bulldog tight ends head into Saturday's game at Mississippi State (7 p.m., FSN) with just five catches between them.

"They've been playing more one-on-one on the outside and both safeties have been run support guys basically every game we've played," Bobo said. "We haven't had much double on the outside as you've had safeties down in the box for run support which basically puts them over the tight end."

Bobo said Green's return next week against Colorado should hopefully alleviate that concern, although every effort will be made to try and shake tight ends Orson Charles and Aron White loose in Starvkville.

"Naturally, and if we keep establishing throwing the ball outside, it's going to start opening up the ball inside to the tight ends," Bobo said.

Up front, Bobo said it's going to be imperative for the offensive line to start taking more control.

"We've got to do a better job of controlling the line of scrimmage and finishing every play," he said. "I think the guys fought hard but sometimes they were a little out of control. We've just got to clean up a few things, at every position."

Late injury update

Wide receiver Kris Durham appeared gimpy as he walked off the field early during practice due to patellar tendinitis (knee), team trainer Ron Courson confirmed.

Durham returned to practice, however, and is expected to play in Saturday's game.

The news was not so good for freshman running back Kendrun Malcome who is out after suffering a concussion last week.

Also, Chris Davis (knee/hip), cornerback Branden Smith and nose Justin Anderson (turf toe) did not practice.

Fullback Shaun Chapas (ankle) and linebacker Marcus Dowtin (shoulder stinger) wore green non-contact jerseys. All four players are listed as questionable.

Bobo confirmed that offensive tackle Trinton Sturdivant suffered a leg whip after getting in 17 plays against Arkansas, but has practiced the past two days.

King said he tried to convince coaches he could play

Running back Caleb King said he's almost 100 percent and will play against Mississippi State.

If could have had his way, he would have played in last week's game against Arkansas as well.

"I was trying to convince them to let me in the game," King said. "But they made their decision so I stuck with it."

Running backs coach Brian McClendon said it would have foolish to take a chance with the junior if he was not 100 percent.

"I felt it would have been unfair to him and it would have been unfair to the team to put him out there still hurting and have their defense tag off on him then he can't move," McClendon said. "Of course, we would have also gotten lot less production from the offense him out there hurting."

King said he sprained his right ankle on the last play of the first half against Louisiana-Lafayette in the season-opener. He has not played since.

"I'm just going to run out there anyway," laughed King, when asked if there was any way he couldn't play on Saturday. "I'm ready to go."

This and that

Tanner Strickland will start again for Davis if the senior right guard is unable to go against Mississippi State. … Bobo revealed that the nasty cut he received above his nose came as a result of celebrating the Bulldogs' first touchdown with White. … Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said that both Jakar Hamilton and Shawn Williams will see time at free safety. "We're going to play players that make plays," Grantham said. "They're both going to play, but I do believe if a guy does things in practice and has shown improvement, he earns the right to play some. As we move forward, the best thing for us to do is play guys that make plays. If that means rotating we'll do that, if that means changing a guy we'll do that."

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