ATHENS — Georgia’s injury report was status quo at Thursday’s practice, with a number of key players still out, but no new players missing.
Fullback Quayvon Hicks is out right now a hamstring injury, coach Mark Richt indicated after Thursday’s practice. So does receiver Isaiah McKenzie, who has been practicing but has been limited. McKenzie is closer to being ready than Hicks, according to Richt.
“He’s been working but he hasn’t been going full speed, every rep the whole practice,” Richt said of McKenzie. “We’re still trying to get him to where he doesn’t have a setback.”
Meanwhile, receiver Justin Scott-Wesley, who injured his knee during Monday’s practice, is not expected back soon. A source has said Scott-Wesley will not require surgery, but does have a sprain.
“Justin’s gonna be awhile, I think,” Richt said, not elaborating.
Inside linebackers Tim Kimbrough (sprained knee, arthroscopic surgery) remains out, as is fellow inside linebacker Reggie Carter, whose injury has not been revealed. Richt did not mention a timetable for either player, but indicated it wouldn’t be long. Kimbrough and Carter are juniors who although they have never started a game have had plenty of practice time.
“So on the positive side, if you want to look at it, you’ve got younger linebackers who are getting a whole lot more work, and that will help create depth at that position. So for the time being, knowing that these guys will be back, it’s not an awful thing at this minute,” Richt said. “The key is getting those guys back healthy.”
A few other notes from Richt’s post-practice press conference:
– Isaiah Wynn will play some left tackle during Saturday’s scrimmage. Wynn, the highly-regarded sophomore, is set to start at left guard, but the team wants to see him in action at tackle in case something happens to starters John Theus and Kolton Houston.
Richt also said they would “mix and match” at center, where Brendan Kublanow is set to start and Hunter Long serve as the top backup. The experimenting during the scrimmage will also be to prepare in case of injury.
– Kicker Patrick Beless received a scholarship, according to a tweet from former teammate Jack Loonam. Cornerback Aaron Davis would also seem a logical candidate, given how much he figures to play.
But Richt said he once again will not publicize which walk-ons receive scholarships.
“I used to celebrate that publicly, or in the team meeting room have a big ol’ Internet thing where everybody says that’s a lot of fun,” Richt said. “But as much as somebody celebrates there’s somebody else who gets his heart broken, because he’s thinking, ‘Maybe I coulda been the one.'”