After practice, head coach Mark Richt updated the status of several players who have been out of action due to injuries of late, with positive reports for most.
"Akeem (Dent) was out there with no green jersey," Richt said. "Akeem is practicing full speed and should be ready to play if he doesn't have a setback. Cordy Glenn is out there practicing. Ben Jones is out there practicing. Trinton Sturdivant is getting more confident, which is very good news. (Rantavious) Wooten is getting very close. (Logan) Gray is a little further behind but making progress. We're very hopeful that (Demarcus) Dobbs will practice on Monday. We think it's pretty certain he'll play. That's the bulk of the guys that have been missing work that would normally be in the first or second teams."
Richt also announced that sophomore tailback Washaun Ealey has been suspended for a minimum of one game as a result of his arrest earlier Friday morning on charges of hit-and-run of a parked vehicle and driving with a suspended license.
³I¹m extremely disappointed in Washaun¹s lack of good judgment,² Richt said in a statement. ³He was fully aware of his suspended license and had been instructed not to get behind the wheel. As a result he¹ll miss at least the first game and will also be subject to internal discipline.²
Ealey was the team¹s leading rusher in 2009 with 125 carries for 717 yards and three touchdowns.
"We spend a lot of time going over every single player making sure their licenses are up to date and if they're not making them aware of that and letting them know they can't drive," Richt said in his post-practice media session. "Josh Brooks, our director of football operations, and Bryan McClendon saw him face-to-face and he said he wouldn't drive. He drove a short distance, and he's going to pay a severe price for it. It's pretty simple: if you've got a suspended license, don't drive.
"If he handles this the way he should and behaves between now and the next one, he has a pretty good chance of playing," Richt continued. "He has to show me he deserves to go back and not only play but also practice. I'm not saying it won't be more than one (game)."
Georgia, which has been ranked No. 21 and No. 23 in the preseason editions of the USA Today coaches and Associated Press polls, respectively, will begin the 2010 campaign a week from tomorrow against Louisiana-Lafayette at Sanford Stadium. Kickoff against the Ragin' Cajuns is set for 12:21 p.m., and the contest will be televised on the SEC Network nationwide.
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