Tape It Up: Florida vs. Georgia: Who Knows?

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Florida vs. Georgia: Who Knows?

While the uncertainty Florida is feeling around the shoulder health of its star quarterback is mostly over-cautious, Georgia has some legitimate uncertainty to handle before the Bulldogs take the field against the Gators on Saturday. Head coach Mark Richt may have to start freshman tailback Caleb King, stripping him of his redshirt, to compensate for the loss of senior tailback Thomas Brown. Except that Richt is not yet sure of Brown's status, and would rather keep King redshirted than play him now. Brown injured his collarbone three weeks ago against Ole Miss and may be out until the Nov. 10 matchup with Auburn, if not longer.

Having Thomas's status up in the air is making Richt's decision on the freshman far more difficult.

"If you knew for sure what Thomas was going to do, it would be a lot easier decision," Richt said.

Regardless of the backup tailback, Knowshon Moreno will remain the starter in the backfield. Senior Jason Johnson and freshman Shaun Chapas are also available to fill backup tailback roles.

Over on the Florida end of this SEC matchup, Gator Nation is antsy. Quarterback Tim Tebow's non-throwing shoulder is still a bit sore after the beating he took last week against Kentucky, but the sophomore continues to tell anyone who will listen that they are more worried about the shoulder than he is, and unnecessarily so. He even half-challenged the Bulldogs to take a shot at him:

"If [Georgia] comes after my shoulder, then I guess they won't be hitting me straight up and I'll have a very good chance of greaking that tackle," Tebow said. "I'm not too worried about it."

Someone the Gator fans should be worried about is sophomore defensive lineman Brandon Antwine, who will miss the Georgia game after he was hospitalized earlier this week with a muscle injury in his lower back. Head coach Urban Meyer characterized the injury as "serious."

Antwine missed last week's game against Kentucky on account of the injury, and was hospitalized after it recently got worse. He previously missed two other games (Tennessee and Mississippi) with a hyper-extended elbow. Through four games this season, Antwine has seven tackles, including 0.5 for loss. No timetable has been set on his return.

Also on the might-sit-out list for the Georgia game are sophomore receiver Riley Cooper and freshman safety Major Wright, both of whom have broken fingers (Wright's is a thumb, actually). Both had successful surgeries on Monday to fix the injury, but both also missed practice time this week.

Fifth-year senior receiver Andre Caldwell missed most of early-week practices with a sore back, and his knee remains less than 100 percent, but the 6-foot, 200-pound wide receiver should get into the game come Saturday.

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