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UGA’s Harvey-Clemons, Matthews expected to play vs. Gators

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Ahead of the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, one of the World’s Largest Injury Lists continues to get thinner for Georgia.

Running back Todd Gurley, who missed the last three games with a high-ankle sprain, returned to practice earlier this week and, barring a “wild setback,” is expected to play Saturday against rival Florida.  Wednesday, head coach Mark Richt said he expected Josh Harvey-Clemons and Tray Matthews to do the same.

Harvey-Clemons injured his foot in the Oct. 19 loss to Vanderbilt, while Matthews has sat out the past three games after tweaking a hamstring during practice the week after the LSU game.

I think he’ll play, I really do,” Richt said of Harvey-Clemons according to Seth Emerson of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. “It’s good. It’s good for the defense, and I would think it’s good for our special teams that he’s on as well. But he looked pretty good. You could tell there was a little something there (with the foot), but it didn’t look bad.”

As noted by Emerson, the starting defensive backs have only been on the field for three games together this season, with Harvey-Clemons missing the opener due to suspension and Matthews the last three due to injury.  Richt said it’ll be up to his defensive coaches whether either player starts and how much playing time each receives.

Emerson also notes that the Bulldogs’ injury list, which was at 25 a week ago, is now down to “just” a dozen players.

The news on the injured Bulldogs comes a day after the equally injury-riddled Gators gained a defensive starter but lost one from the offensive side of the ball as well.

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5 Responses to “UGA’s Harvey-Clemons, Matthews expected to play vs. Gators”
  1. thegamecocker says: Oct 31, 2013 8:34 AM

    In Columbia, SC I’m very happy that Seth Emerson is no longer covering the Fighting Gamecocks!

  2. irishdodger says: Oct 31, 2013 10:01 AM

    Great offense, but the Georgia defense couldn’t stop air when they had all their starters healthy, so let’s not blame their losses on injuries b/c EVERY team deals w/ multiple injuries…not just SEC teams.

  3. jonkybon says: Oct 31, 2013 11:33 AM


    You do realize UGA was without their two best RB’s, 3 of their top 4 WR’s and a starting OL for their two conference loses. They also have had their entire starting defense for any games this season.

    That’s a few more players down (esp at offensive skill and DB’s) then is typical. However, UGA fans weren’t expecting to compete for a National title this season. Most realized that after losing 9 or 11 starters on defense (from a squad that finished in the top 5 the two previous years) to the NFL and graduation that it would take a year or two to regroup.

  4. jonkybon says: Oct 31, 2013 11:34 AM

    haven’t had

  5. noaxetogrind says: Oct 31, 2013 4:01 PM

    irishdodger makes a fair and legitimate point, every team deals with injuries. As an outsider though, I would say that these two teams seem to have experienced an almost freakish number of injuries. Interestingly enough it seems like everybody talks more about UGA’s injuries but it appears that upon inspection it really is Florida who has had it worse. They are now at 9 season ending injuries including a 1st round DL draft pick and their starting QB. At least UGA is getting some of their players back. Both teams have been hit hard but when you look at who and what positions, it appears UF has the worst of it.

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