ATHENS — Georgia sophomore offensive tackle Andrew Thomas returned to practice on Tuesday, but on a limited basis.
True freshman Cade Mays continues to work with the first team at left tackle with Thomas limited.
Thomas’ left ankle, sprained on the first offensive play of the second half of the Bulldogs’ 41-17 win at South Carolina on Sept. 8, was tightly taped up. He remains questionable to play in the game on Saturday.
“He was out there, he was able to do a little bit, he didn’t do a lot of physical pushing work” Smart said after practice, “but he was able to move around, be in pads, get the assignment, pick up on the mental aspect of the game, but he didn’t take a lot of what I’d call live reps.”
There was plenty of intensity on the practice field for the No. 2-ranked Georgia football program with its trip to undefeated Missouri fast approaching.
The Bulldogs (3-0) play the Tigers (3-0) at noon on Saturday in Columbia (TV: ESPN, RADIO: WSB 750 AM, 95.5 FM).
Georgia tailback D’Andre Swift, conspicuous by his limited playing time against Middle Tennessee, continued to get repetitions in practice, though perhaps not at full speed.
Another interesting twist was seeing receiver Kearis Jackson getting some work running the ball, perhaps a contingency plan in the event of injuries on road trips where the travel roster is limited to 70 players.
“He’s just a good athlete, [and] it’s no different than handing the ball off to Demetris Robertson, Mecole Hardman, Tyler Simmons,” Smart said. “That’s really it. You want your playmakers to touch the ball and we think he’s a good player.”
Receiver Terry Godwin continued to work at full speed and no longer appears to be at risk for missing playing time this week on account of the shin contusion that sidelined him the second half of the win against Middle Tennessee.