George Pickens returns to the field for Georgia football against Georgia Tech

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Georgia wide receiver George Pickens (1) during the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)

Georgia wide receiver George Pickens is back.

The junior wide receiver made his debut on Saturday against the Yellow Jackets on Georgia’s opening drive of the game. Pickens tore his ACL back in March, preventing him from seeing the field.

Pickens dressed for Georgia’s win against Charleston Southern last week but he did not see the field in the 56-7 win.

“George has been practicing with us doing more, repping with the threes and the twos some,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said earlier this week. “Still waiting to get him cleared but we didn’t have him with the scouts. We’re getting him working with the offense, trying to kind of integrate it back into getting calls and doing assignments.”

It’s the second-straight week the Bulldogs have gotten a receiver back on the field after a long-term injury, as Dominick Blaylock played for. the first time since 2019 last week. He caught 2 passes for 11 yards in his return to action.

The addition of Pickens puts Georgia’s wide receiver room at its healthiest this season. Georgia is still without Arian Smith and Justin Robinson, with the former out with a leg fracture and the latter dealing with a hamstring.

Pickens led Georgia in touchdown receptions in each of the past two seasons, while also leading the Bulldogs in receptions and receiving yards in that time. Georgia tight end Brock Bowers leads the team in all three categories this season.

The Bulldogs will have Pickens back in time for the SEC championship game against Alabama. The two teams meet next week in Atlanta. The Crimson Tide take on Auburn on Saturday.

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