Originally created 10/26/01

Georgia running back's condition improving



ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia running back Musa Smith has improved and could play in Saturday's game between the 15th-ranked Bulldogs and No. 6 Florida.

Smith, who sat out last week's game against Kentucky because of a lingering groin pull, was upgraded from doubtful to questionable by coach Mark Richt after a two-hour practice Thursday.

Smith is the Bulldogs' leading rusher with 447 yards, averaging 4.8 per carry.

Richt also addressed the status of offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb (groin) and defensive tackle Johnathan Sullivan (knee). Both are expected to play against the Gators.

"We'll see how (Stinchcomb) does at full speed," Richt said. "Sullivan is better off than the other two."