September 16, 2009

Richt doesn't believe Battle can get sixth-year

It seems that senior defensive end Roderick Battle has played his last game for Georgia.

Wednesday, head coach Mark Richt announced that it doesn't appear that the Atlanta native meets the criteria set by the NCAA to apply for a sixth-year medical redshirt.

Battle redshirted as a true freshman in 2005, but NCAA rules state to be eligible for a six-year medical that applicants must miss two seasons due to injury.

"My guess would be that he would not, just because his first year there was no injury involved with the redshirt," Richt said. "You have to miss two seasons because of injury and we don't have any documentation that would help him that way."

The 6-foot-4, 259-pounder tore his ACL in last Saturday's game against South Carolina.

Battle started all 13 games for Georgia as a sophomore in 2007 and seven games last year after being slowed by neck and shoulder injuries.

King looks good to go

Richt said that running back Caleb King looks "very probable" to play in Saturday night's game at Arkansas.

"At this point I'd be surprised if he does not play," Richt said. "I watched him go through workouts without any issues that I could see."

Richt could not speculate how many reps that King would see against the Razorbacks. Richard Samuel will start for the third straight week, while Carlton Thomas will also see time as well.

"They'll help each other out," Richt said.

King isn't the only Bulldog expected to get back on the field.

Linebacker Nick Williams said his hamstring has recovered and will play, while Richt said that offensive lineman Josh Davis (shoulder) is healthy and will see time in a backup role.

Wednesday says team "grinding"

Richt said Wednesday's workout was a little lethargic but the team got the work in and grinded through it and should be energized come Saturday.

"That's the beauty of Thursday and Friday, they get to go in shorts and then with the night game on Saturday, they can sleep in plus it looks like a cool forecast so that should help," said Richt.

Arkansas leads the SEC and is ranked second nationally in passing offense (447 yards per game), and they are second in the league and third nationally in total offense (591 yards per game).

Richt said the Bullldogs hope to tighten up their pass defense after the Gamecocks tallied 313 yards through the air.

"It doesn't matter if you play zone or man, there's was too much space and not enough resistance," said Richt. "We've got to squeeze the quarterback in the pocket and the receivers too. Offensive football is about getting that space out there for the receivers and Coach (Steve) Spurrier is good at that and Coach (Bobby) Petrino has proven that too."

Former Bulldog walk-on passes away

Former Georgia walk-on Brent Parks died Monday. He was 31.

A graduate of South Gwinnett High, Parks graduated in 2000 from Georgia, where he played football and received degrees in English, Political Science, Hospitality and Hotel Management.

He lettered with the Bulldogs in 1999.

Funeral services at scheduled for Friday at 3 p.m. at Tom M. Wages Snellville with burial at Eternal Hills Memory Garden.

This and that

• Captains for Saturday's game at Arkansas include Clint Boling (offense), DeAngelo Tyson (defense), along with Brandon Boykin and Rennie Curran, both of whom will represent the special teams.

• Richt said that Marcus Washington will continue seeing action at both defensive end and Mike linebacker.

• Defensive tackle Geno Atkins said he would not be surprised to see defensive end Justin Houston get "two, three or four sacks" in return from his two-game suspension.

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