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Blog: Georgia-Florida week: Richt updates injuries, talks SEC East race

Georgia coach Mark Richt took advantage of the Bulldogs having a bye on Saturday for a getaway weekend with wife Katharyn, but had some injury updates tonight for the first time since the Bulldogs’ last practice on Thursday.

Wide receiver Chris Conley is “very doubtful,” to play against Florida after injuring an ankle against Vanderbilt, Richt said.

Tailback Todd Gurley (ankle) remains on track to play against the Gators after practicing non-contact last week and receiver Michael
Bennett (knee) also should be back this week.

Safety Tray Matthews, who has missed the last three games with a pulled hamstring, was running around a little bit last week doing some drills.

“He looked pretty good,” Richt said. “He was doing more than I thought he might be doing by this point. He may be in a lot better shape (Monday) than I thought he would be.”

Inside linebacker Reggie Carter’s knee injury isn’t believed to be season-ending, Richt said. That sounds like it would keep him out for a couple of weeks probably at least.

Richt didn’t have an update on safety Josh Harvey-Clemons (foot).

-Richt watched parts of South Carolina’s come-from-behind double overtime win at Missouri Saturday night that provided a boost for Georgia in the SEC East race.

“I watched it early and it was really painful so I quit watching it,” he said. “Then I picked it back up when it was 17-7 and from that point on it was pretty painful as well, but at the very end it came out good. It was a wild game for sure.”

Of course, Georgia-Florida always has rivalry implications at the least.

“I’d say there’s plenty of motivation going into this game,” Richt said. “There’s no doubt about that. Any time, Georgia and Florida play in Jacksonville, it’s a big event, it’s a big deal for sure. Knowing that we’re still trying to win the East and we’re needing help and all that kind of thing, it certainly provided motivation for me so I would imagine it would provide motivation for the players as well. I guess I’d say more motivation.”

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A lot of media on hand for Mark Richt’s postpractice presser. Must be demand for Jonathon Rumph injury update.

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