ATHENS — Georgia coach Kirby Smart said receiver Terry Godwin will return to practice ton Monday and he expects him to be cleared for the South Carolina game.
The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs (1-0) play the Gamecocks (1-0) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Brice-Williams Stadium in Columbia, S.C.
Godwin missed the start of fall drills on account of a knee injury, and he has been hobbled recently by a calf strain before returning late last week.
“He’s run the last few days, he’s had a couple times he’s come back when we thought he would be back,” Smart said. “We’re expecting him to be out there today.”
Smart indicated following the Bulldogs’ 45-0 win over Austin Peay that he expected Godwin back, and he also said Georgia needs receivers Kearis Jackson (hamstring) and Jayson Stanley (quad) back on the field.
“Terry [Godwin] has worked out the last two days really well, but didn’t know if he could play or not, so we held him,” Smart said. “Kearis [Jackson] and Jayson [Stanley] were kind of play if they have to.
“We really need those three wideouts back, they all give us something different, especially with James [Cook] out now,” Smart said. “We’ve got to have these three fast wideouts to help us.”
Godwin, in particular, brings a comfort level for the quarterbacks as well as the head coach.
“What he brings is some experience and confidence, and he has a really good feel for the quarterbacks,” Smart said. “He’s a really good route runner and he has great hands.”
Godwin is the Bulldogs leading returning receiver from last season, with 38 catches for 639 yards and six touchdowns last season.