November 1, 2009

No change yet, but Murray 100 percent

Georgia coach Mark Richt offered few hints as to any possible lineup changes in light of Saturday's 41-17 loss to Florida.

But at least he seemed to set a quasi-deadline to let the Bulldog Nation know what he's got in mind.

"By Tuesday we might have something," Richt said. "We might juggle some things here and there."

Exactly what those positions are, Richt didn't exactly elaborate.

"We look at every position every week," Richt said.

When asked if quarterback might be one, the Bulldog coach stayed firm.

Richt did not respond when asked if Joe Cox would remain the starter after his effort against the Gators which saw him complete just 11 of 20 passes for 165 yards and three interceptions.

Cox has been picked off in all eight of Georgia's games and now has 12 for the year.

"I know everyone wants to know, but you're not going to get me to say," he said. "You're not going to get me to talk about making any changes right now."

If Cox does not start Saturday's game against Tennessee Tech (1 p.m.), the job would be expected to go to either redshirt sophomore Logan Gray or true freshman Aaron Murray.

Although Richt again declined to address the specifics of a potential change, he did say that Murray is 100 percent and could play if called upon.

Murray missed three weeks with triceps tendinitis but has been back practicing in full for nearly a month.

"He's off the injury list and is 100 percent as far as throwing. He's also moving better than he has in the past," Richt said. "When we scrimmaged during the open date, both Murray and Mettenberger got the chance to get some good scrimmage reps and we went live a little bit so we got to see them move around and see what kind of plays they could make with their feet. He (Murray) seemed to be moving fine."

Richt also said he wouldn't necessarily redshirt Murray simply because there are just four games to go in the regular season.

"Any decision we make we will make as a staff and base that decision on what is going to give us the best chance to win this year," Richt said. "We owe it to our fans; we owe it to everybody who bust their tails every day."

Richt mum on Ealey eye gouge

Richt said he has not seen any film showing Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes shoving his fingers through the facemask of running back Washaun Ealey.

"I did not see any TV copy but I did have somebody bring it to my attention that it might have happened," Richt said. "But I don't want to make any comment on that particular incident, if there is anything that happened during the ball game."

Richt said anytime he sees something on film that might be considered problematic; he'll contact SEC head of officials Rogers Redding.

"Sometimes, if we see things, we'll turn in certain plays," Richt said. "But I'm not saying we're doing that in this case."

Injury update

Richt did not rule out offensive tackle Clint Boling, wide receiver A.J. Green or defensive end Justin Houston from Saturday's game against Tennessee Tech.

"Boling's injury (knee) from everything I've heard is not something that's as serious," Richt said. "The same goes for A.J. I'm just not sure they'll be 100 percent."

Houston told UGASports he hyper-extended his elbow but expects to play.

Richt said he believed Green simply had the breath knocked out of him.

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