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Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis (right) and receiver George Pickens are questionable for the game in Florida on Saturday.

Kirby Smart updates injury status of Georgia stars George Pickens, Jordan Davis

ATHENS — Kirby Smart remains hopeful Georgia football stars Jordan Davis and George Pickens can play in Saturday’s pivotal showdown in Florida.

The No. 5-ranked Bulldogs (4-1) play the No. 8-ranked Gators (3-1) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in Jacksonville.

Georgia has been ravaged with injuries, an eye-popping 15 players in its projected 22-man offensive and defensive two-deep depth chart having already missed time on account of injuries.

Senior preseason All-American safety and team captain Richard LeCounte, arguably the team’s MVP, is out indefinitely with injuries sustained in his Halloween Night motorcycle crash.

Davis, a 6-foot-6, 340-pound nose tackle who suffered an elbow injury last Saturday at Kentucky, has been the anchor of the SEC’s top rush defense the past two seasons.

“Jordan is still day to day, we’re hopeful he’l be able to go,” Smart said on the SEC Coaches Teleconference on Wednesday. “Obviously (Tuesday) we didn’t practice, so there’s not a lot there, but we’re trying to get him back even if it’s just for a role.

“We think he can play a role in the game, so hopefully he’s able to do that.”

Smart talked about how important Davis’ presence was before the Alabama game three weeks ago, saying “It’s extremely important. It’s huge, because the movement in the middle. If I had about three Jordan Davises, I’d feel a lot better.”

Now, Georgia has none, and fifth-year senior starting defensive tackle Julian Rochester is also out.

Of Pickens, the team’s Sugar Bowl MVP and arguably most talented, Smart said it could come down to his pain tolerence.

Pickens didn’t travel with the team to Kentucky and has been rehabilitating this week.

“He practiced the other day, and we didn’t get to do much yesterday, and he did what he did the week before,” Smart said. “It’s just going to be a pain tolerance deal, and we’re hopeful he’s able to play.

“We need him to be at his best for us to be where we need to be offensively.”


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