Georgia football-South Carolina live updates, injury report and practice news

During the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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The Georgia Bulldogs will host the South Carolina Gamecocks this week, having wrapped up practice on Wednesday. Below you can follow along for live updates, practice news as well as the latest on the injury report.

Georgia enters the game with a 2-0 record and the No. 2 ranking in the country. This will be the first SEC game of the year for the Bulldogs after they beat Clemson and UAB to start the season.

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Georgia football-South Carolina live update, practice news

6 p.m., Sept. 15 UPDATE: We’re set to speak to Jamaree Salyer and James Cook following Wednesday’s practice

  • “We’ve worked on it a lot this week. I think we’re going to be more efficient running the ball this week.” -- James Cook on the Georgia run game.
  • “I feel like in the future those guys are gonna be really great for Georgia.” James Cook on Kendall Milton or Daijun Edwards.
  • “I’m not sure about Stetson being hurt. They’re both competing and playing well.” --James Cook on the quarterback position.
  • “Broderick is already a gifted kid and a gifted pass blocker. I wish I had some of the things he has at his age.” -- Jamaree Salyer on Broderick Jones
  • “Brock is a horse. He’s an explosive blocker. Really good at maintaining angles. He showed last week and I’m sure he’ll continue to show it.” Jamaree Salyer on Brock Bowers.
  • “He gets an opportunity to play at a really young age. He’s always looking for a reason to smile. He’s been a joy to have. I’m happy for him.” Salyer on Sedrick Van Pran.
  • “We always have a sense or urgency about that. For us I think the run game is a detailed thing. Not even a personnel thing. We take great pride in our offensive line. We want to get those things corrected.” -- Salyer on the running game.
  • “Just rotating. Both those guys getting their reps. I barely even notice who is back there. Both those guys have a really great command to the offense.” Salyer on the quarterback position.
  • “I would say I probably get equal reps at all. Even before we had injuries, I was rotating. I rotate and get reps at all.” -- Salyer on rotating positions.
  • “I was rated as a guard coming out of high school, I would have never predicted I would’ve play tackle in college. I embrace the challenge.” -- Jamaree Salyer on playing tackle.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart addressed reporters earlier in the day and provided an update on the JT Daniels, which you can read below.

“Well the biggest question is how does he practice, right? It’s not about whether he plays or not,” Smart said. “It’s is he healthy? Is he healthy enough to go out there and be 100 percent in practice so that he has to be as effective as he can. That’s a big rehab question and I think he’s feeling much better, but it’s whether or not he’s 100 percent throwing the ball down the field and in the pocket, is the key ingredient there.”

Smart was also asked about South Carolina coach Shane Beamer stating this is the most talented team Smart has had in Athens.

“He’s not the first to say that,” Smart said. “They say that every year so it’s always nice for those guys to be able to say that when they are saying that about the next team they play too.”

6 p.m., Sept. 14 UPDATE: Georgia coach Kirby Smart will meet with reporters shortly to discuss how the Bulldogs are preparing for South Carolina. Smart will provide an update on JT Daniels and Stetson Bennett. We will also hear from Travon Walker and Ameer Speed.

Smart says that Daniels has continued to practice but that he is not 100 percent. The Georgia head coach also mentioned that Stetson Bennett has been dealing with some lower back issues since Monday. Daniels, Bennett and Beck have all been practicing.

  • “He’s battling through it. He kicked the ball well today. We’re always in competition.” -- Kirby Smart on Jack Podlesny and his recent struggles
  • Smart announces William Poole is ineligible for the first four games. Academic reasons per Smart.
  • “We probably did not play as well in the second game as well as the first. The biggest things was playing our gaps, striking blockers, communication.” -- Kirby Smart on the run defense.
  • “It’s the number one attribute to having success: Getting good players. We’ve got a tremendous recruiting class. They’re awesome. They’re always recruiting.” -- Kirby Smart on the Georgia recruiting staff.
  • “They’re getting a lot of work. Amarius has gotten a ton of reps at right tackle. It’s their responsibility to fight, scratch and claw for every rep they get.”-- Kirby Smart on the reserve offensive linemen such as Amarius Mims, Xavier Truss, etc.
  • “I don’t know that he’s 100 percent but he’s closer to that. Stetson has some lower back issues. He’s been dinged up since Monday morning. They’re all three practicing.” -- Kirby Smart on the quarterback position.
  • “I don’t see them as my tree. Two of them are my elders and I learned a lot from them.” -- Kirby Smart on his coaching tree.
  • “It really doesn’t. The plays are the plays. The mobility of the play probably changes. Is he a scrambler or a guy that’s going to sit in the pocket. The offense doesn’t change based on quarterback.”
  • “Kearis is improving by day. I thought Monday he looked really good. He’s working his way back. We felt like Dom was a little ahead of Kearis in terms of cutting and breaking. He’s got a little bit of a hamstring. We’ve been walking him along as we bring him back. I feel like Kearis will be able to play some this week.” -- Kirby Smart on the wide receiver position.
  • Arik Gilbert is still not back with the team. “We don’t know when he’ll be back”
  • “Arian Smith has a bruise. He’s powering through it. He’s still developing as a route runner and as a player.”
  • “It just brings competition because everyone wants to be great.” -- Travon Walker on the Georgia defense.
  • “We really haven’t talke about it too much. It’s something we take a lot of pride in. We emphasize putting up points on defense. If they don’t score they don’t win.” -- Travon Walker on the defense outscoring opposing offenses.
  • “He’s a great young athlete. There’s a lot of skillsets. Jalen he’s one of those guys that is really strong, fast. He can do anything. It’s exciting to play next to him.” -- Travon Walker on Jalen Carter.
  • “When I saw him in the game, everybody was about to see his true speed.” -- Travon Walker on Jordan Davis’ run down of the UAB quarterback.
  • “Coach Muschamp he’s been around a lot of energy. Piggybacking off coach Lanning. He’s going to bring that juice.” -- Travon Walker on Will Muschamp.
  • “That lingers in the past but I was on the team at the time. We just want to go out there and play our best ball.” -- Travon Walker on the 2019 South Carolina game.
  • “He was a good guy so I’m looking forward to that matchup.” Ameer Speed on Shane Beamer.
  • “He’s had an amazing impact. He’s very smart with knowing defenses. What he brings people to meetings, it gets people going. Having him and Kirby is a great combo.”
  • “Brock is a star and he’s going to be a star. He does during practice and then it translates to the field.” -- Ameer Speed on Brock Bowers.

Georgia has also uploaded some photos from practice this week.

During the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
Tony Walsh, UGA Sports Communication
During the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
Tony Walsh, UGA Sports Communication
During the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
Tony Walsh, UGA Sports Communication
During the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
Tony Walsh, UGA Sports Communication
During the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
Tony Walsh, UGA Sports Communication
During the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
Tony Walsh, UGA Sports Communication
During the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
Tony Walsh, UGA Sports Communication
During the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
Tony Walsh, UGA Sports Communication
During the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
Tony Walsh, UGA Sports Communication
During the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
Tony Walsh, UGA Sports Communication
During the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
Tony Walsh, UGA Sports Communication
During the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
Tony Walsh, UGA Sports Communication

12 p.m., Sept. 13 UPDATE: Georgia head coach Kirby Smart is set to address reporters, along with running back Kenny McIntosh, wide receiver Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint and defensive back Kelee Ringo. DawgNation will update this thread as Smart and the players speak.

  • Before we begin, Stetson Bennett was named the offensive player of the week by the SEC this week.
  • “I don’t know any more than I knew last time. He’s been in treatment twice and Ron (Courson) says he has improved. I’ll know a little more after practice today.” -- Kirby Smart on JT Daniels.
  • “All those guys are working through different things. They’re going to be running some this week. Ron had them scanned yesterday. Scan looked good. Probably not optimistic that they’ll play this week.” -- Kirby Smart on Darnell Washington and Tykee Smith.
  • “It’s something we look at each week. Trying to get our guys in the right pieces of the puzzle. Broderick’s really first substantial playing time. As we improve and figure out who the best five are, we’ll see who the best five are.” -- Kirby Smart on the offensive line.
  • “I think it was more relevant last year. What happened the last time they were here was more about us than them.” -- Kirby Smart on the 2019 loss to South Carolina.
  • “Zeb has done a good job. I’m good friends with his dad and getting to see him play in those first two games was unique. He played winning football and made good decisions.” -- Kirby Smart on Zeb Noland.
  • “The approach is rest, recovery and treatment. The biggest thing we’ve been told is that you don’t want to aggravate it.” -- Smart mentioned he had been dealing with it before the Clemson game and then a hit during the game, potentially the one he took on the first play, that made it work.” -- Kirby Smart on when the injury occurred to Georgia.
  • Devonte Wyatt is not dealing with an injury.
  • “It’s not that big a deal really. He does know who their players are but I don’t know if that helps you a lot.” Smart on the impact Will Muschamp might have.
  • “Sam is a tremendous leader, great man. One of the funniest, wittiest people I’ve been around. We wouldn’t be where we are now without him. He was part of the original crew that came in here with us. Happy that he helped build this place.” -- Kirby Smart on Sam Pittman.
  • “Give UAB some credit but can we do to improve in those areas.”
  • “I’ve known Shane for a long, long time. We got to be friends and we’ve been close ever since. Got a lot of respect for his family and his dad. Happy and excited for him to get the opportunity he’s gotten.” -- Kirby Smart on Shane Beamer
  • “He was part of our original staff, like Sam was. He’s a guy that always had good leadership skills. He’s always had leadership qualities that would make a good head coach.” -- Kirby Smart on Shane Beamer
  • “He’s played a major role on special teams. His confidence has grown. I’m just so proud of someone who has done so much and producing at a high-level. He’s come a long way. Hard work does pay off.” -- Kirby Smart on Channing Tindall.
  • “You got to take it day by day. I’d love to be able to keep Carson involved. It’s hard to prepare three quarterbacks.” -- On getting Carson Beck into the game plan.
  • “Going into my first game against Clemson, there was a lot of emotions. Just being able to rely on my coaches. I felt pretty well.” -- Kelee Ringo on his play
  • “It was a great feeling. I’m blessed to have this opportunity.”
  • “You could see all the emotion that she had. It being Sanford was a huge accomplishment as well. Struggling mentally like I did last year, just looking forward to doing what I’m able to do.” --
  • “Brock Bowers is a great play. Just how he’s able to use his body, whether it be against corners or safeties.” -- Kelee Ringo on Brock Bowers.
  • “Coach Muschamp is a great coach. Coming in, we had a lot of trust in him. He coached with us a little bit last year as well going into the bowl game. It was a great way to build with him. ” -- Kelee Ringo on Will Muschamp.
  • “It was hard. That set back was something that I needed mentality. Seeing my teammates work every single day work hard.
  • “Channing Tindall, he’s one of those players you feed off his energy. Just the way he flies to the ball like that.” -- Kelee Ringo on Channing Tindall.
  • “Since Brock got to UGA, he’s a great athlete. He’s smart, he’s strong, he’s powerful, he’s a great play. As a teammate, he’s a good person. He’s very explosive.” -- Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint on Brock Bowers.
  • “Stetson had a great game. I’m just happy to see my teammates got out and make big and explosive plays. I felt like Stetson went out there and played a great game.” -- Marcus Rosemy Jacksaint on Stetson Bennett.
  • “I know that we’re going to work up with what we’re working on. We’re going to have to do our jobs and go out and execute.”-- Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint on continuing to make explosive plays.
  • “Kelee is one of the best cornerbacks I went against in my time playing football. It’s always a battle between us. We’re always going after each other.” -- Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint on going against Kelee Ringo.
  • “They’ve definitely been engaged. They give us wisdom points, teach us about experiences that they have.” -- Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint on Dominick Blaylock, Kearis Jackson and George Pickens.
  • “I know they’ve got good players returning back. They’re a formidable team that we won’t take lightly.” -- Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint on preparing for South Carolina.
  • “We have the ability to take it as far as we want. Our offensive line is very talented and we have the talent to get to the second level. Just being able to run behind these guys and have that connection, I think they’re going to take it a long way.” -- Kenny McIntosh on the running issues.
  • “Muschamp is a great coach. He’s going to have a plan and get us prepared and in the right positions to have us be successful.” -- Kenny McIntosh on Will Muschamp.
  • “JD is a wonderful player and a big player at that. To see him move that fast is mind-blowing.” Kenny McIntosh on Jordan Davis.
  • “I grew up playing football with James in South Florida. he’s like a brother to me.” -- Kenny McIntosh on James Cook.

The Georgia Bulldogs begin SEC play this week taking on the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Both teams enter having won their first two games. South Carolina picked up wins over Eastern Illinois and East Carolina, while the Bulldogs beat No. 6 Clemson and torched UAB this past weekend.

The two teams also enter with some questions at the quarterback position. JT Daniels has been dealing with an oblique injury that kept him out of the UAB win. Georgia went with Stetson Bennett as the starter and the senior threw for 5 touchdowns.

South Carolina meanwhile has had to start Zeb Noland in place of Luke Doty as the latter deals with a foot injury. Doty though could see the field this coming Saturday against the Bulldogs according to South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer.

Beamer is in his first year at South Carolina and will be making a return trip to Athens as he was a member of Kirby Smart’s staff during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

The game will also see Will Muschamp face his old team. Muschamp had been the head coach at South Carolina for five seasons before being fired last November. Georgia hired Muschamp as analyst before then promoting him to special teams coordinator after Scott Cochran stepped away from the team.

The last time South Carolina visited Athens, the Gamecocks came away with a shocking 20-17 win over the Bulldogs. The veterans on this Georgia team will not have forgotten that game and surely won’t overlook South Carolina, even with the Bulldogs being favored by more than four touchdowns.

Georgia football-South Carolina injury report

JT Daniels (oblique, questionable), Arian Smith (lower right leg, questionable), Devonte Wyatt (undisclosed), Kearis Jackson (knee, probable), Dominick Blaylock (knee, questionable), Darnell Washington (foot, doubtful), Tykee Smith (foot, doubtful), George Pickens (knee, out) Arik Gilbert (personal, out)

Georgia football-South Carolina game time, TV Channel

The Georgia-South Carolina game will air on ESPN, starting at 7 p.m.

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