Georgia football coach Kirby Smart reveals Lawrence Cager, Tyson Campbell status
ATHENS — Georgia coach Kirby Smart said receiver Lawrence Cager and cornerback Tyson Campbell are back practicing.
“We got some guys back, and that was helpful,” Smart said on Tuesday. “There was some good energy out there.”
The No. 8-ranked Bulldogs (6-1, 3-1 SEC) play the No. 6-ranked Gators (7-1, 4-1) at 3:30 p.m. at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville (TV: CBS).
“They are cleared to play, but we have to find out if they are ready to play,” Smart said. “That will be determined by how they practice … and what they can do.”
If Cager returns, it would be a big lift. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound graduate transfer from Miami had evolved into Jake Fromm’s favorite target.
Cager, who has sustained a separated shoulder and injured ribs, was sidelined in the first half of the Bulldogs’ 20-17 overtime loss to South Carolina on Oct. 12.
Cager had made three third down conversion catches against the Gamecocks in the first half before leaving the game with injury.
Campbell, Smart indicated, was a full participant through last Wednesday’s practiced but was limited last Thursday.
Campbell last played on Sept. 14 when Georgia beat Arkansas State 55-0 at Sanford Stadium. Campbell has been dealing with a painful turf toe ailment.
Smart said during the bye week that Campbell would need to be “100 percent” before he’s cleared to play again.
Junior college transfer DJ Daniel has played in place of Campbell opposite starting cornerback Eric Stokes.
Freshman cornerback Tyrique Stevenson and senior Tyrique McGhee are also competing for repetitions at the position.
Smart said on Monday freshman defensive lineman Travon Walker is cleared for practice this week.
Smart also said that receiver Demetris Robertson, who was hampered by a hamstring injury earlier this season, is “fine.”
Walker had his wrist in a cast since after the Oct. 5 Tennessee game.
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