As the Georgia Bulldogs edge closer to the annual battle with the Florida Gators, the news keeps getting better on the injury front.
According to head coach Mark Richt, both sophomore strong safety Josh Harvey-Clemons and freshman safety Tray Matthew will be able to play in the game in Jacksonville.
Harvey-Clemons suffered a foot injury at Vanderbilt and had to miss most of the game. Matthews has been hampered by a hamstring injury on and off for most of the season.
The return of the two defensive starters gives another boost to a team that found out earlier in the week both running back Todd Gurley and wide receiver Michael Bennett would be available to play as well. Gurley suffered a high ankle sprain in the win over LSU on September 28 and Bennett injured his knee a week later in the win at Tennessee.
The return of Gurley, the Dawgs’ top running back, has not only given a boost of confidence to the team, but has also picked up the spirit of the club at practice.
"Todd is fun to be around, he cuts up in the huddle, he enjoys being out there during practice," Richt said after Wednesday’s practice. "He is a positive motivator for the team, and if you watch him sometimes during games, he's in the huddle on offense, defense and special teams on the sidelines."
Both teams enter the game with a 4-and-3 mark and with a glimmer of hope to make it to the SEC Championship game in December. The winner of the game will still need some help from other clubs to win the SEC East. The loser of the game will be out of the running.
"Both teams are a lot alike this year," Richt said after Tuesday's practice. "Both teams are 4-3 and both of us have two losses in league play. Both of us lost a game out of conference and then lost the last two games. Both teams have had a lot of injury issues and both are fighting to try to stay in the race for the East. There are a lot of similarities in that regard."
Air time on WSB for the Dawgs-Gators from EverBank Field in Jacksonville is Saturday morning at 11:30; kickoff will be at 3:39 p.m.