ATHENS — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart said tailback Brian Herrien is still returning kicks for the Bulldogs in spring drills, even with an elevated role in the backfield.
Herrien had four kick returns last season for 64 yards.
Smart said James Cook, Demetris Robertson, Tyler Simmons and D’Andre Swift are also working on kick return.
“It’s a position you develop at, and you work with multiple guys,” Smart said Saturday. “A lot of those guys were working at it last year, you have to have the foresight to anticipate holes.”
Mecole Hardman was UGA’s primary kick returner last season. Hardman had 14 kick returns for 353 yards, an average of 25.21 yards per return.
Herrien, a senior, was not seen during the media’s open viewing session on Saturday afternoon, during the opening warm-ups and drills.
Smart said Herrien may have been on a bathroom break, and Herrien’s mother later said her son hadn’t been feeling well.
Smart said Herrien took part in the scrimmage and had a good day.
“He looked good,” Smart said. “He had a couple of carries and did some good things”
The Bulldogs held their second spring football scrimmage at Sanford Stadium.
The Georgia backfield is relatively thin after Elijah Holyfield’s surprising early entry into the NFL draft pool.
Junior tailback D’Andre Swift is expected to get the majority of work in the backfield, but Herrien is also expected to have a sizable role.
Sophomore tailback James Cook is another option out of the backfield and has proven effective catching the ball out of the backfield.
Redshirt freshman Zamir White is expected to be cleared for contact in fall drills and compete for playing time in the running back rotation.
Former starting outside linebacker Walter Grant has been taking snaps with the running backs in spring drills.
Georgia will add 2019 signee Kenny McIntosh (Fort Lauderdale) to the backfield stable following spring drills.