Georgia head coach Mark Richt said Isaiah McKenzie is unlikely to play this Saturday against Tennessee.
Richt said McKenzie's injured hamstring, sustained last Saturday against Alabama in a 38-10 loss, has remained an issue this week.
“His hamstring is bothering him. He is not likely," Richt said. "You never know but right now he’s doubtful."
Richt also said that center Brandon Kublanow will travel, which makes him available to play against the Volunteers. Kublanow has a sprained ankle which was sustained against Alabama. Kublanow and center Hunter Long have been sharing snaps this week in practice.
"Kublanow has been working," Richt said. "Not every minute of every practice but he’s working. He’ll travel.”
Long would earn the start if Kublanow is unable to play. Long filled in for Kublanow against Alabama and made one of the key blocks on Nick Chubb's 83-yard touchdown run.
“He did a nice job," Richt said. "(Offensive line) coach (Rob) Sale graded the film. I think he had 22 snaps, I’m not 100 percent certain. He might have had one mental error out of 22, which is really pretty good. Not to say he was a devastating blocker by any means but he functioned well in that position. We have faith that he knows what to do. He’ll compete hard.”
Richt was asked about former receiver Justin Scott-Wesley's status and whether he was still acting as a student assistant coach. Scott-Wesley injured his knee this preseason and began assisting the team in a coaching role after deciding his playing days were over.
“He’s been in (receivers) coach (Bryan) McClendon’s meeting (room) every day," Richt said. "We always want to keep in contact with him and all. But he’s been working hard on academics and other projects. He’s not going to play this year.”