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ATHENS -- Georgia continued preparations for its upcoming SEC clash with Mississippi State by conducting a two-hour practice Wednesday.
After the workout, Georgia coach Mark Richt provided an update on several Bulldogs who have been hampered with various injuries. Sophomore cornerback Branden Smith returned to practice Wednesday in a non-contact jersey and is "symptom-free" after being sidelined with a concussion last week. Provided there are no setbacks this week, he is slated to play Saturday. Junior tailback Caleb King is close to 100 percent and Richt said he'll be fine come game time. Junior nose guard Justin Anderson, who has played in just the season opener due to turf toe, is going to have to have surgery and will miss the remainder of the season. Meanwhile, senior guard Chris Davis returned to practice Wednesday.
"He did pretty good and right now he's competing with (junior) Tanner Strickland at guard," Richt said of Davis.
At fullback, Richt said senior Shaun Chapas is not 100 percent but there's still time for the veteran to possibly see action Saturday.
"He's tough, he's a veteran and he know what to," said Richt. "He could probably not practice for a week and still know what to do."
There is one change in the previously announced game captains. Along with Kris Durham, Akeem Dent and Demarcus Dobbs, senior offensive tackle Josh Davis will serve as a captain instead of junior center Ben Jones.
"It was Ben's idea, he stood up before practice and said Josh as played as good as anybody, he's going to his home state, and he'd like to give up his captaincy to Josh. It went over big with the team. It was pretty cool."
The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Davis hails from Jayess, Miss., and he's started all three games this season and 13 in his Bulldog career.
The Bulldogs (1-2, 0-2 SEC) will be making their second SEC road trip of the season and playing their third conference game of the year. After opening up with a 55-7 rout of Louisiana-Lafayette, Georgia fell 17-6 at 24th-ranked South Carolina and then dropped a 31-24 decision to 12th-ranked Arkansas in Athens last Saturday.
Georgia holds a 16-5 edge in the series with MSU, including winning the last nine meetings. The teams haven't faced each other since 2006 when Georgia edged State 27-24 in Athens.Georgia's last trip to Starkville came in 2005, and it returned home with a 23-10 victory. State enters Saturday's game with a 1-2 overall record and 0-2 in the SEC.
The 2010 Georgia-Mississippi State game will be televised by FSN with kickoff slated for 7 p.m.