ATHENS — Georgia football senior receiver Terry Godwin looks to be slipping from the “questionable” to “doubtful” category for Saturday’s season-opening game against Austin Peay.
Coach Kirby Smart revealed following Tuesday’s practice that Godwin was held out on account of a calf strain, and injury that is best treated with rest.
It’s a reminder of how finely tuned explosive athletes like Godwin are, as one injury can easily have an affect or complicate another, as seems to be the case in this instance.
The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs are a prohibitive favorite over the FCS-level Governors, so conventional wisdom would suggest Georgia would want to rest Godwin to ensure he’s as close to 100 percent as possible for the Sept. 8 showdown at South Carolina.
“We think he’s close, [but] he’s come back twice and it’s just bothering him,” said Smart, who revealed before the start of fall drills that Godwin would be out on account of a knee injury. “It’s not really his [knee] injury as much as it is the ret of his body around it.
“He’s dealing with a cal strain right now, it’s not his knee. Every time he comes back, he’s just struggling with other things.”
Godwin is the Bulldogs’ leading returning receiver, having made 38 catches for 639 yards and 6 touchdowns last season, and he provides a leadership element Smart covets.
Georgia receivers Kearis Jackson (hamstring) and Jayson Stanley (quad) were also mentioned as questionable for the Bulldogs opener at Sanford Stadium.
Smart ruled out defensive back Tyrque McGhee, who suffered a broken bone in his foot in the first scrimmage.