Richt Optimistic About Injuries Headed Into UGA Bye Week

ATHENS – Georgia could have several offensive weapons back from injury on November 2 when they face SEC East foe Florida, according to Bulldog coach Mark Richt.

Richt updated reporters Sunday night on the statuses of junior wide receiver Michael Bennett and sophomore running back Todd Gurley. Bennett, who was hurt in the Bulldogs’ 34-31 overtime win against Tennessee, has made strides in coming back from a surgical procedure on his knee, Richt said. The coaching staff is hopeful that both Bennett and Gurley will get in a full week of practice and be available for the showdown in two weeks in Jacksonville.

Safety Josh Harvey-Clemons and wide receiver Chris Conley were both hurt in Saturday’s 31-27 loss to Vanderbilt. Richt says Harvey-Clemons has a foot injury, while Conley hurt his ankle on the final play of the game.

“I’m hopeful that they’ll be able to play in the Florida game,” Richt said. “I’d say Josh is more likely than Chris at this moment, but it’s a long way before that, so we’re not going to count anybody out yet.”

After back-to-back conference losses, Georgia (4-3, 3-2) now finds itself two games behind Missouri (7-0, 3-0) in the race for the SEC East championship. Still, Richt said, his team has its eyes on a return trip to the Georgia Dome.

“When you look at the league, everybody’s got two losses but Missouri, so it’s not impossible,” Richt said. “Missouri’s got five more conference games, so mathematically it’s not over. To me, I’m going to fight until it’s over…and I think that the coaches and players feel the same way.”

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