Tape It Up: Georgia: Back Down to Two

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Georgia: Back Down to Two

Georgia's coaching staff had some backfield decisions to make going into their season opener against Oklahoma State, but after the 35-14 win, some of those decisions have been made for them. The three tailbacks were vying for time and the starting spot have been reduced to two, as senior Kregg Lumpkin is out indefinitely with a broken thumb on his right hand.

The 6-foot-1, 222-pound tailback appeared in every game last season, leading the Bulldogs in rushing with 798 yards and six touchdowns. The injury will keep him out for a few weeks, at least, but he will be back as soon as the thumb is strong enough to carry the ball.

Lumpkin started nine games in 2006 and was in competition with senior Thomas Brown and redshirt freshman Knowshon Moreno for the starting spot. Brown got the start on Saturday, earning 48 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.

Moreno saw time as well, running the ball 20 times for 70 yards inand catching two passes for another 51. He also turned some heads, as head coach Mark Richt said after the game that he was impressed with Moreno's performance and his ability to hit the crease.

Without Lumpkin in the rotation, true freshman Caleb King might see some time at tailback after recovering from a preseason hamstring injury, but he is behind in his knowledge of the schemes. Senior Jason Johnson and redshirt freshman Shaun Chapas might also get into the mix - Chapas ran the ball four times for nine yards at the end of Saturday's opener.

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