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Richt is 'hopeful' that Michel can play

ATHENS - Georgia's Sony Michel missed a third straight day of practice with an ankle injury. That doesn't mean the freshman tailback is out for Saturday's game against Auburn.

"I don't know," head coach Mark Richt said. "He has gotten better every day. And I always say hopeful, I'm hopeful he can play."

Michel hurt his ankle in last Saturday's win at Kentucky, his first game back after missing four games with a broken shoulder bone. If he can play Saturday, he would be third in line for carries behind Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb, but Richt has said Michel would be a likely candidate to see action.

Keith Marshall is not in line to get any carries, despite being in a regular jersey the past week or so. Marshall hurt his ankle and knee the third game of the season and has yet to return.

Richt said Marshall was doubtful to play, saying he's "just not full speed."

Marshall would be eligible for a medical redshirt if he doesn't play again this season.

No plans to play Ramsey

Earlier this season, Richt said he liked the idea of giving the backup quarterback some playing time even when the game was still in doubt. That was entering the Vanderbilt game, and after Hutson Mason had a few rough games. So Brice Ramsey did play a series in that game.

But with Mason rolling along now, coming off a four-touchdown game, there are no plans to sub in Ramsey early in the game.

"Right now we think Hutson's really playing well, and I don't think we're gonna be in a rush to do that," Richt said.

Richt did indicate that there was consideration to play Ramsey heading into the Kentucky game. But Mason's performance precluded that. Ramsey did get in the game at Kentucky, but only after it was out of reach.

"We thought about it," Richt said of playing Ramsey early in the Kentucky game. "But we didn't make any promises to anybody, because sometimes you'll make a promise and the moment's not right. And then you don't do what you said you were gonna do and you feel bad about it, but you're doing what you think is in the best interests of the team at that moment. So I think Mike and I have learned never to say: 'It's gonna be this series no matter what.' Because sometimes circumstances change and you don't do it."

Scott-Wesley's lack of time

Junior receiver Justin Scott-Wesley still doesn't have a catch this season, which Richt admitted surprised him. In fact Scott-Wesley hasn't gotten many snaps or any throws his direction.

Scott-Wesley, who had knee surgery late last year and missed the first four games of this season, is behind at least six receivers in the pecking order right now: Chris Conley, Michael Bennett, Malcolm Mitchell, Reggie Davis, Isaiah McKenzie and Jonathon Rumph. he also might be behind sophomore walk-on Kenneth Towns.

But Scott-Wesley is practicing well enough to play, according to Richt.

"He's getting there. He's working hard. I wouldn't be surprised to see him do something anytime now," Richt said. "But it wouldn't have surprised me last week or the week before."