ATHENS — The playing status of Georgia sophomore starting cornerback Tyson Campbell remains the biggest mystery of the week, with little clarity coming on Tuesday after Coach Kirby Smart closed practice.
The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs (3-0) play No. 7 Notre Dame (2-0) at 8 p.m. on Saturday in a prime-time matchup that will be televised by CBS.
Smart didn’t indicate if he felt Campbell would be ready for the game. The former 5-star prospect injured his right foot in the second quarter of the 55-0 win over Arkansas State and didn’t return to the game in the second half.
“He’s pushing through, he was out there today, trying to work and help us out,” Smart said. “But he’s mentally getting prepared, and he’s not able to take a lot of reps.”
Smart recognized Campbell as one of three defensive players of the week with three tackles and three PBUs in the first half.
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The Bulldogs also have junior college transfer DJ Daniel and freshman Tyrique Stevenson at the cornerback position, and Smart indicted he has been pleased with the position group as a whole.
“I think all four of those guys have played well, Tyrique Stevenson has played well out there, too,” Smart said when asked about Daniel. “We want to play all those guys. We’ll assess who has the best week of practices and play those guys. I’ve been very pleased with all four of them.”
Campbell arrived at the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall football building on Tuesday wearing a protective boot.
Smart said he didn’t take notice of right tackle Isaiah Wilson in Tuesday’s practice, but he said he felt Wilson practiced well on Monday.
“I’ll see when I go in there how he held up,” Smart said, indicating that Wilson practiced against on Tuesday.
Wilson missed the past two games after rolling his ankle in a Sept. 4 practice.
Smart said senior receiver Tyler Simmons continues to practice after suffering a right shoulder injury abasing Arkansas State.
“We expect Tyler to be able to go,” Smart said. “If he can’t, then Dom (Blaylock) will be back there (on punt return).”
Georgia practiced amid a heat index hovering around 100 degrees on Tuesday, the offense and defense working half the time within the air-conditioned “House of Payne” indoor facility.
The Bulldogs outdoor practice on Monday was electric, the team showing noticeably more energy and Smart indicated that carried over on Tuesday.
“I thought the kids pushed through it well,” Smart said. “Had a lot of energy, enthusiasm.”
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