With the current state of affairs, the 1-4 Georgia Bulldogs are a few losses away from complete free-fall in Athens. Mark Richt, despite a 7-2 bowl record in his nine seasons as head coach, has found himself on the hot seat fighting for his job. Popular belief was that the Bulldogs' funk would snap with the return of All-American wide receiver A.J. Green. But after a Caleb King fumble that prevented Georgia from kicking the game winning field goal against Colorado, Bulldog fans are tired of excuses for this four game losing streak.
One thing quarterback Aaron Murray has not had this season has been both of his top two receivers. A.J. Green, who sat out the first four games as punishment from the NCAA for selling a game-worn jersey, returned against the Buffaloes with 7 catches, 119 yards and a pair of touchdowns. However the Bulldogs were missing their leading receiver Kris Durham, who suffered a neck stinger near the end of Georgia's loss to Mississippi State September 25.
After Wednesday's practice, Richt suggested there is a chance the Bulldogs could play their top two receivers together for the first time in the 2010 season.
"Yesterday, I would've said I don't think so on Kris (playing) but he's got a 50-50 chance, we'll see how he does Thursday, however it's a no contact day," said Richt. "Last week, it went right up to pre-game before the decision was made and we'll see, we might be in the same boat to figure it out. I hope he can play. Marlon [Brown] will not play, but we don't think its anything long-term."Having Durham and Green on the field together will benefit everyone involved in the Georgia offense. Durham has already proven to be a reliable target for freshman quarterback Aaron Murray, catching 17 balls for 324 yards in four games of action, and Green is clearly already clicking with Murray as well. With both receivers on the field, the Tennessee defense will be prevented from dedicating too much of their attention to Green, allowing him to get some single coverage opportunities.
Regardless, the time for excuses is over in Athens. Georgia begin winning games to avoid making 2010 the worst season in the Mark Richt era, and possibly the last.