Receiver will make his debut for Georgia against Vanderbilt



Junior college transfer Jonathon Rumph will likely make his debut for Georgia on Saturday against Vanderbilt, Georgia coach Mark Richt said on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-5, 208-pound receiver out of Holmes (Miss.) Community College has been sidelined through the first six games with a nagging hamstring injury.

Though Richt said “there’s not much doubt he’ll play,” it’s still up in the air how often Rumph will take the field.

Rumph was at Georgia in the spring, competed during spring practice and had caught four passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns in the G-Day game.

“He’s been here all this time, but when you don’t have a lot of reps early in your career … just not sure exactly how many plays he’ll play and all that kind of thing,” Richt said. “But we want to get him going that’s for sure. We need him to come through.”


AUBURN: Quarterback Nick Marshall will start against No. 7 Texas A&M, but freshman Jeremy Johnson could also play a role in the offense.

Coach Gus Malzahn said Marshall will return Saturday for the 24th-ranked Tigers, who climbed into the national rankings this week for the first since Nov. 2011.


N.C. STATE: Safety Jarvis Byrd, a redshirt senior, has suffered the third torn ACL of his career and will miss the rest of the season.

Byrd was injured during the Wolfpack’s game at Wake Forest on Oct. 5.

“Jarvis is a true champion,” N.C. State coach Dave Doeren said in a prepared statement. “This team and staff love him as a brother and respect him as a leader. It is so unfortunate that a player like Jarvis, who has been through two other ACL surgeries, has to endure another.”