ATHENS -- Carlton Thomas is trying to make the most of his opportunities.
Thomas is listed as Georgia’s third tailback, but he has seen considerable action because of Caleb King’s sprained ankle and Washaun Ealey’s fumbling issues.
He’s second on the team in rushing with 114 yards, behind Ealey’s 198, but hasn’t caught a pass or scored this season.
Coaches said King will replace Ealey in the starting lineup against Colorado on Saturday, and Thomas said he isn’t sure how many carries he’ll get against the Buffaloes.
“Just being out there every day with those guys and spending a lot of time with those guys, you hate your opportunities coming at the cost of adversity on their part, but an opportunity is an opportunity,” he said. “When it presents itself, you’ve got to take it.”
Even if that means sending his 5-foot-7, 170-pound body up the middle, searching for holes between mammoth linemen.
“If I [didn’t want to do that], I probably would have gone somewhere else and played at a division smaller than this,” Thomas said. “I’m capable of doing anything the coaches ask of me. If I’m asked to run up the middle, I’ll run up the middle. If I’m asked to block, I have to man up and block.”
Jones explains clip
Center Ben Jones said he knows what he did wrong after clipping Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox on Georgia’s next-to-last play of a 24-12 loss Saturday.
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen was visibly upset about the penalty, and Georgia coach Mark Richt yelled at Jones when he reached the sideline after being taken out of the game.
“There was a pass downfield, and I was trailing the play because I didn’t know if it was caught yet,” Jones said. “I went to cut a guy downfield because I thought he might make a play, because the ball was still up. [The refs] said it was too far behind the play, and I shouldn’t have done it. At the time I really didn’t think much [about it], but after watching film, I now know I shouldn’t have done it.”
Jones understands why Mullen was angry.
“If it had happened to one of my players, I probably would have been upset myself,” he said.
Cox sprained an ankle on the play and is doubtful for Mississippi State’s game against Alcorn State on Saturday.
Davis, Strickland at guard
Richt said expect to see Chris Davis (hip, knee), who is feeling “as good as he has in a couple of years," in a rotation with Tanner Strickland at right guard.
Strickland started the past two games and is listed as the starter for Saturday’s game. Left tackle Clint Boling also has seen action at the position.
Receiver Kris Durham (stinger) practiced in a non-contact jersey and is questionable, Richt said.
Boulder not for White
Tight end Aron White, who is from Columbia, Mo., took an unofficial recruiting visit to Colorado.
“It’s a really nice place out there,” he said. “It’s a little ... I don’t want to say hippie-ish, but yeah, it’s a cool town. I enjoyed my time there. [Colorado] coach [Dan] Hawkins showed me a good time, and his son [Cody], the quarterback, was out there, and he showed me a good time, too. I enjoyed it.”
Instead of signing with Colorado, White and high school teammate Logan Gray signed with Georgia in 2007.
Pugh biding his time
Former Georgia safety Makiri Pugh, who played in nine games in 2009, is sitting out this season at Colorado, after transferring there in the spring.
He moved to cornerback, the position he played at Independence High in Charlotte.
"I feel comfortable there, and it's nice to get the work at one position for an extended period," he told www.cubuffs.com, the team’s website. "This whole thing has been a good fit for me."
White said: “We have a lot of love for Makiri. We were sad to see him go, but I’m sure he was wishing he can play right now since we’re going out there.”
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