ATHENS — Reggie Carter isn’t able to practice yet, increasing the chances that Georgia will once again turn to Juwan Taylor and Monty Rice for the Bulldogs’ home game this Saturday against Missouri.
Carter, dealing with an undisclosed injury for over a week now, was not seen at practice Monday. Natrez Patrick was practicing, but he’s due to serve the second of a four-game suspension following a marijuana arrest last week.
Taylor, a junior, got his first Georgia start in the win Saturday at Vanderbilt, while Rice, a freshman, played well off the bench.
“He was able to make some plays the other day,” coach Kirby Smart said on Monday. “I think Monty is going to be a mighty fine football player. He is just growing. He has shown a lot of growth and he has a long way to go.”
As expected, defensive lineman Trenton Thompson was not at practice. Thompson, a junior, sprained the MCL in his right knee at Tennessee and missed the Vanderbilt game, and Smart categorized him as “day-to-day” on Monday, not ruling him out for the Missouri game.
The good news for Georgia is it’s deeper on the defensive line. Though Vanderbilt did manage to run a little better in Thompson’s absence early in the game, the end result was still just 64 rushing yards for the game.
“They played very similar to the way they have been playing the weeks before,” Smart said. “We probably did not strike blockers against Vanderbilt as well as we had done before. We had a couple of guys playing more snaps than they did before. We had a couple of guys playing different positions.”
A few other notes from practice:
- Junior receiver Michael Chigbu, who missed the Vanderbilt game, was practicing. Chigbu has been dealing with what Smart called a “lingering” shoulder injury that has caused him to miss four games.
- Starting right guard Solomon Kindley was indeed practicing and with the first team. Kindley limped off the field on Saturday and has dealt with ankle problems this year, but Smart said the redshirt freshman should be fine.
- Georgia was practicing indoors, with rain a threat in Athens during the late afternoon.