August 15, 2013

Practice observations

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Thursday's practice at Georgia's Woodruff Practice facility saw safety Tray Matthews back on the field.

Well, sort of.

The last time we saw Matthews, he was not even in pads, but today was wearing the green non-contact jersey, although he was running through drills with the rest of his teammates at safety.

That in itself is good news.

Matthews has been slowed by a sprained right shoulder and hamstring strain that's caused him to sit out most of the preseason, so the sight of him at least running around with the other safeties offers some measure of hope that he will in fact be ready for the Aug. 31 opener against Clemson where he is expected to start at free safety.

Now, the Bulldogs need have Corey Moore return.

Moore's sprained knee has kept him out of practice for the better part of the week now, meaning the Bulldogs are having to lean more than ever on junior college transfer Shaquille Fluker and Connor Norman getting more of the reps, along with Josh Harvey-Clemons, who as we all know is suspended for the game against the Tigers.

Marc Deas did return after missing most of the last two weeks with a right elbow sprain.

In other observations:

Wide receiver Reggie Davis (right knee sprain) was back and seemed to be moving pretty well with a right knee sprain.

No sign of defensive lineman Chris Mayes (concussion), or linebacker Tim Kimbrough (right knee sprain), running back A.J. Turman (right knee sprain, right ankle sprain).

Linebackers James DeLoach and Davin Bellamy were both clubbed up, but practiced and seemed none the worse for wear.

J.J. Green is still running with the third group at tailback, with Brendan Douglas, fresh off his 50-yard performance in Wednesday's scrimmage with the fourth unit.

Greg Pyke (ankle) had ditched the green jersey and was back practicing full-go with the offensive line.

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