Georgia football practice report: Nakobe Dean returns, running back not spotted

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Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean returned to practice on Friday.

ATHENS, Ga., — On Wednesday, Georgia coach Kirby Smart assured the media that freshman linebacker Nakobe Dean would be ready to go for the Vanderbilt game after sustaining an ankle injury prior to Georgia’s scrimmage this past Saturday.

Dean returned to practice on Friday, as the Bulldogs were going through one of their final practices before prepping for Vanderbilt.

However, sophomore offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer was still not back at practice on Friday. Salyer has been spotted in a walking boot and crutches around the Georgia football facility this week.

There was also a new absence at practice, as freshman running back Kenny McIntosh was not seen during the media viewing portion of practice. This is the first time that McIntosh has not been spotted at practice this fall. He could’ve been working with the scout team in a different jersey number, but his usual No. 6 was not out at practice.

Early on in his time at Georgia, McIntosh has impressed. 

“Kenny McIntosh did some good things today,” Smart said on Saturday.  “He continues to improve. He has really good balance and he’s been a good blessing.”

Running back D’Andre Swift, who wore a black non-contact jersey on Wednesday was once again wearing a red jersey, indicating that he’s just fine.

Other Georgia football practice observations

  • Outside linebacker Adam Anderson was wearing a new number, as he was wearing No. 9 instead of his usual No. 19 jersey this fall. This was likely for scout team purposes, as defensive back Ameer Speed traditionally wears the No. 9 jersey on defense.
  • The first-team wide receiver rotation was still Tyler Simmons, Matt Landers and Demetris Robertson working out of the slot. Smart declared that Simmons was going to be a starter at the position on Wednesday.
  • Cade Mays continued to get first-team reps, as has been the case all week.
  • Azeez Ojulari was still working with the first team at outside linebacker, and freshman Nolan Smith was taking second-team reps.
  • The Bulldogs will have a closed practice on Saturday and then Sunday off as the team gets ready for Vanderbilt.

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