ATHENS — Nick Chubb’s status for the Tennessee is now even further in doubt.
Georgia’s star tailback, who sprained his ankle last Saturday at Ole Miss, once again wasn’t at practice during the media viewing period on Wednesday, making that three straight days.
Head coach Kirby Smart said after Tuesday’s practice that Chubb was doing rehab and then came to practice after the media left and did “some light running.”
Update: After practice, right tackle Greg Pyke indicated that Chubb didn’t indeed practice much, if at all.
“I didn’t even see him out there, that’s a question you’re going to have to ask coach Smart. I didn’t notice,” Pyke said.
The order of the tailbacks during a play polish drill were Sony Michel, Elijah Holyfield, Brian Herrien and Brendan Douglas. It may not mean anything, as Holyfield is the most inexperienced of the four. But that was the same order during a similar drill on Tuesday. Holyfield and Chubb have similar styles, both being more physical tailbacks, while Michel and Herrien are more speed-oriented.
Some other notes from practice:
- Freshman defensive lineman David Marshall – the team’s co-leader in sacks, with one, was not seen. There has been no word of an injury for Marshall, who has started one game and has nine tackles.
- The first-team secondary was the same as Tuesday, with Deandre Baker with the first team. Juwuan Briscoe, a starter the first four games, looks to have been demoted, though he was with the second team on Wednesday, after not even doing that during Tuesday’s media viewing period.
- Brice Ramsey was once again with the specialists on another field while the top two quarterbacks threw to receivers and tight ends.
- Smart, as usual heavily involved with the defense, made clear early on what he was looking for: “Pad level! Pad level! I’m dying for some pad level!”