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Injured Dogs hoping to play against Tech

ATHENS -- Georgia could have a trio of injured players, including top receiver A.J. Green, return for Saturday's final regular-season against No. 7 Georgia Tech.

Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin said Monday the hip injury which forced him out of last week's game against Kentucky should not keep him from playing against Georgia Tech.

Boykin suffered the injury in the first quarter and returned later in the game in a limited capacity. He said his right hip is bruised.

''I guess in the first quarter I got hit directly on that bone,'' said Boykin, who also is Georgia's top kickoff return specialist. ''I expect to play. I'll be back. I feel like it's getting better to the point where I can run.

''I feel like on Saturday I'll be ready.''

Meanwhile, coach Mark Richt said he hopes Green and safety Bacarri Rambo also can return from injuries. Green was leading the Southeastern Conference in receptions per game and yards receiving per game before he missed the Kentucky game with a shoulder injury.

Rambo missed the Kentucky game after suffering a concussion against Auburn.

''They're getting there,'' said coach Mark Richt. ''I'd say we're pretty hopeful on both of them. I wouldn't say either one of them are a slam-dunk right now. Hopefully by Tuesday we'll have a real good feel.''

Georgia held a light workout on Monday. The University of Georgia has a one-week vacation for Thanksgiving, giving Richt more time to prepare his Bulldogs (6-5) for the important final regular-season game.

''It will allow us to have unlimited time with the players,'' Richt said. ''We don't want to wear them out, but we should be able to take advantage of that.''

Notes: Punter Drew Butler, a Peachtree Ridge grad, and kicker Blair Walsh were named finalists for major awards. Butler is one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award giving to the nation's top punter. Walsh was named one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award given to the nation's top kicker. Butler leads the nation with his average of 48.8 yards per punt. He is on pace to break the school's single-season top average of 45.4 yards by Chip Andrews in 1984. Walsh has made 16 of 17 field goals, including each of his four attempts from 50 yards or longer. Each winner will be named on Dec. 10.