ATHENS — After more than a two-week layoff, the Georgia football team returned to the practice fields on Wednesday afternoon, although there was no media viewing. There was on Thursday, however, so the media got its first glimpse of how the team looks as it prepares for the Liberty Bowl.
As expected, sophomore receiver Shaquery Wilson was not with the team, after tweets earlier in the week indicated he was transferring. There has yet to be an official announcement from the team.
But several other players were either missing or were not noticed during the media viewing period:
- Sophomore cornerback Juwuan Briscoe, who started the first four games before losing his starting spot, was not seen.
- Sophomore cornerback Rico McGraw, the top backup at nickel back this season, was also not seen.
- Ditto for sophomore safety Kirby Choates, who was not with the team the latter part of the season because of academic issues.
- And redshirt freshman Tae Crowder was either not with the inside linebackers or had switched jerseys.
- Sophomore receiver Michael Chigbu was not seen either, but he’s been dealing with injuries this season.
Meanwhile, a couple other players were at new positions:
- Freshman Jaleel Laguins – or someone wearing his No. 25 – was with the defensive backs. Laguins came to school and had been playing inside linebacker.
- Rashad Roundtree, who moved from safety to inside linebacker earlier this year, appeared to be back with the defensive backs.
- Michael Barnett, who briefly switched from defensive to offensive line during the season, also looked to be back with the offensive line.
The caveat to all of this: Players could have been in different jerseys, or may have come to practice after the media left.
Head coach Kirby Smart is due to address the media after practice.
One last note: Inside linebacker Natrez Patrick, who missed the last three games with a shoulder injury, was again practicing in a black non-contact jersey.