ATHENS — The first start of Natrez Patrick’s career came last year against Georgia Tech. He did well enough that he kept that starting spot until he was hurt two weeks ago.
It remains to be seen whether Patrick’s experience against the triple option will be available for Georgia’s use on Saturday.
“He’s been really close for the last couple weeks. We hope he’s ready,” head coach Kirby Smart said at his Monday news conference. “But we’ll know more (later) today.”
Patrick had a sack and two-tackles-for-a loss last year at Georgia Tech, as Georgia stacked the box and limited the Yellow Jackets to 194 rushing yards. Georgia won, 13-7.
Georgia would also like to get back defensive tackle DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle, who has missed three games with a high ankle sprain. And on the other side of the ball it would help to get back junior guard Isaiah Wynn, who missed the Louisiana-Lafayette game with a sprained knee.
Both Hawkins-Muckle and Wynn dressed out for Saturday’s game but did not play. Their status is uncertain.
“We’ll find out a lot more about them today,” Smart said.