UGA safety Moore’s momentum sidetracked by injury

Corey Moore’s absence from Georgia’s practices for the past week and a half was put into a new light Friday by Bulldogs coach Mark Richt, who described the junior safety as having made big strides before being injured.

A sprained knee has kept Moore out of practice since Aug. 7, perhaps costing him the starting strong safety job for the opener against Clemson in two weeks while Josh Harvey-Clemons serves a one-game suspension.

“When a guy like Corey Moore has the offseason that he has, starts out in the camp the way he started, he really made himself into a fine player,” Richt said. “Great shape, really understood the system, was leading, was practicing [well]. … Everybody noticed and he got the attention of the staff and then he gets banged up, so he can’t work.”

Richt said he didn’t know when Moore might return.

Elsewhere in the secondary, safety Shaquille Fluker, a junior college transfer, remains out with a lumbar strain.

Cornerback Sheldon Dawson was in a non-contact jersey for Friday’s full-pads practice, presumably for a bruised knee.

“We just haven’t had enough healthy guys to really become as good as we can be,” Richt said. “It’s a concern right now.”

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