ATHENS — Georgia fans might have to get used to mix reviews from practice on D’Andre Swift, as one never knows what the case will be with the explosive Bulldogs’ back.
Swift was wearing a black “no-contact” jersey in Wednesday’s practice, which doesn’t necessarily mean he’s nursing any sort of serious injury, but it’s still noteworthy.
Senior Brian Herrien has been going No. 1 through the running backs drill work since Swift was late coming out of practice on Aug. 13.
Kirby Smart said Swift was fine following Scrimmage Two, but the head coach’s definition of “fine” was different than Swift’s last season.
Swift said coming into this season that he planned to “live in the training room,” as much to ensure and manage his health as anything.
As for what could be slowing him in fall camp, or leading to him being in a non-contact jersey, only Smart is available to answer that question following Wednesday’s practice.
For now, it’s wait and see.
The most comforting element for Georgia fans is the great depth the team boasts, with Herrien a capable No. 1 if called upon, along with electric James Cook, powerful Zamir White and versatile freshman Kenny McIntosh.
Connor Riley contributed to this report
Defensive line movement
Julian Rochester is still wearing a brace on his right knee, but he was going through some explosive drills at the start of practice. Rochester had ACL surgery after last season.
David Marshall, coming off foot surgery, was exploding out of his stance on the snap and showing no ill-effects. Marshall appears to be closer to playing than Rochester based on Wednesday observations.
The Georgia offensive line has had a pretty familiar look in fall drills with the exception of the right guard position, where Cade Mays and Ben Cleveland have been rotating with the ones.
Mays was back with the first team at the start of Wednesday’s practice, with the rest of the line intact: LT Andrew Thomas, LG Solomon Kindley, C Trey Hill and RT Isaiah Wilson.
Sophomore Jamaree Salyer, who on Tuesday was in a walking boot and on crutches leaving the football building per an AJC.com report, was not at practice.
Tyler Simmons and Matt Landers might not strike fear into many cornerbacks at this stage of the season, but they continue to work with the first team as the perimeter receivers. Demetris Robertson is working No. 1 in the slot.
Lawrence Cager was working No. 2 behind Simmons with Tommy Bush the third receiver through the line. Behind Landers, Trey Blount was working No. 2 and George Pickens was No. 3.
Kearis Jackson is the No. 2 slot receiver, followed by Dominick Blaylock at No. 3.
Charlie Woerner continues to be first through the tight end drills followed by John FitzPatrick and Eli Wolf.
Freshman middle linebacker Nakobe Dean remains sidelined after suffering a high ankle sprain last week.