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Georgia vs. Florida: Ray Drew steps in for Abry Jones

Georgia sophomore Ray Drew is ready to step in for the injured Abry Jones at defensive end.

Scott Cunningham

Georgia sophomore defensive end Ray Drew is going to start against Florida on Saturday for the injured Abry Jones. Drew hasn't seen a lot of time this season, but through his limited play and practice experience, the sophomore out of Thomasville said he feels like he's ready to go against the Gators, via the Athens Banner-Herald:

"This is what I've been waiting on. This is why you come to school to play football – to play in big games like this. It's time to put up or shut up. That's the way I'm looking at it."

Bulldogs' head coach Mark Richt believes Drew is ready, too. It's not like the Dawgs' haven't seen the potential of the 6'5, 284-pound former linebacker. Last season, his one sack and 2.5 tackles for loss against Vanderbilt earned Drew SEC Freshman of the Week honors.

Jones is likely out for six weeks after undergoing surgery on his left ankle, according to his high school coach. All that Richt would confirm is that Jones will miss the Florida game. Jones tore a ligament in his ankle during the first quarter of Georgia's 29-24 win over Kentucky last Saturday.

Jones also sprained his ankle earlier in the season, which forced him to miss the Tennessee game.

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