Kirby Smart updates Georgia football personnel, injuries entering game week

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Georgia football coach Kirby Smart is on the verge of starting his fourth season leading the Bulldogs.

ATHENS — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart said the Bulldogs are far from settled on their 70-man travel roster for Saturday’s opening game at Vanderbilt.

The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs open the season at 7:30 p.m. against the Commodores in Nashville.

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Smart was non-committal when asked about possible suspensions for the opening game, outside of acknowledging that freshman Bill Norton will have “consequences” after his DUI-related arrest Sunday morning.

Norton, a 6-foot-6, 285-pounder from Memphis, Tenn., is expected to redshirt his season.

Smart has yet to announce if Robert Beal will be eligible for the opening game.

Beal, who is battling for playing time at outside linebacker was arrested on April 2 along with former UGA linebacker Brenton Cox on misdemeanor marijuana possession charges.

Freshman inside linebacker Nakobe Dean “has practiced, he’s been back, he’s not 100 percent.”

Smart indicated Dean has more rehab ahead of him.

“He has practiced, which is promising,” Smart said. “They had a day off yesterday, so I’ll know a lot more today with him coming out there, whether he’s 80, 90, or 100 (percent), I don’t know where he is but he’s going to need a lot of rehab.”

Smart said offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer is “still fighting his way back,” and he indicated the Bulldogs to get him back soon.

“He’s probably behind where Nakobe is,” Smart said, “but (we’re) still expecting to get him back.”

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