MIAMI — Georgia offensive line coach Stacy Searels was not with the team at Wednesday’s practice. Georgia put out an official statement on the matter, clarifying that Searels was hospitalized with pneumonia.

Per the statement, Searles is recovering in an Athens hospital, with a full recovery anticipated.

Georgia offensive analyst Manrey Saint-Amour is stepping up in Searels’ absence. He joined the Georgia program last offseason after previously working as the offensive line coach at Charleston Southern. His official title with Georgia is listed as a Quality Control Coordinator.

Also absent among the offensive linemen was Amarius Mims, as he did not travel down with the team to Miami for the Orange Bowl.

Tight end Brock Bowers was also not spotted with the team during practice. Georgia is still leaving the door open that he may be able to play in Saturday’s game against Florida State, as Bowers is dealing with an ankle injury.

“We don’t know. his status is still unsure,” Georgia tight ends coach Todd Hartley said. “We know he’s still battling that ankle injury that has been nagging him it seems like forever now. He’s been great in his rehab. I hope he makes it, don’t know if he will. Still something that we’re up in the air on. He’s been great in the support of his teammates throughout the prep, every since the Alabama game. We’ll see what happens.”

The media had 15 minutes of practice viewing, the first practice window the media has been able to view since August. Below are some of our other observations from the start of Wednesday’s practice.

Georgia football practice report observations

  • Bowers and Mims were not the only noticeable absences during Wednesday’s practice, as outside linebacker Damon Wilson and wide receiver Rara Thomas were not seen during the practice viewing. Thomas did make the trip down with the team. He missed the last two games of the season with a foot injury. As for Wilson, he reportedly had knee surgery and is back in Athens.
  • Georgia is very thin at outside linebacker, as Marvin Jones Jr., CJ Madden and Darris Smith have all transferred elsewhere. The Bulldogs had Gabe Harris working with the group, who had previously been working with the defensive line. Georgia could have to get creative at the position, possibly moving either Jalon Walker or Mykel Williams into the position.
  • Georgia was without many players due to the transfer portal, as the Bulldogs have seen 20 players enter the transfer portal to this point. Of those who have entered or planned to enter the transfer portal, only cornerback Daniel Harris and kicker Jared Zirkel made the trip down to Miami. Harris was participating in practice, as was cornerback Kamari Lassiter.
  • New defensive backs coach Donte Williams was at practice, working with the defensive backs. He replaced Fran Brown, who is now the head coach at Syracuse.
  • The Bulldogs had a number of newcomers at practice, as the Bulldogs brought several of their 2024 early enrollees to Miami. Among those participating include quarterback Ryan Puglisi, tight ends Jaden Reddell and Colton Heinrich and wide receivers London Humphreys and Nitro Tuggle. Reddell earned praise from Todd Hartley for how he participated in a drill.
  • Cornerback Julian Humprehy was at practice but he was wearing a black non-contract jersey. He suffered an upper-body injury against Ole Miss, forcing him to miss the last three games of the season.
  • The Bulldogs will have only two scholarship quarterbacks for Saturday, as Carson Beck and Gunner Stockton are Georgia’s only two options.
  • The team practiced in shoulder pads and shorts. Georgia will practice again on Thursday ahead of the Orange Bowl.