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Georgia head coach Kirby Smart, Georgia receiver Dominick Blaylock (8) during the Bulldogs’ game against South Carolina on Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. (Photo by Chamberlain Smith)
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Dominick Blaylock makes his return as George Pickens looms for Georgia football

ATHENS — You may not have noticed Dominick Blaylock taking his first snaps since the 2019 SEC Championship Game. That’s in part because he didn’t see the field until after Georgia was up 49-0 against Charleston Southern on Saturday.

The other reason is that Blaylock donned No. 83 for a handful of plays. That was so that Georgia could get the redshirt sophomore wide receiver and outside linebacker MJ Sherman on punt return at the same time.

Blaylock though wasn’t just limited to special teams, as he saw time on offense in the blowout. After tearing the same ACL twice in less than a year, Blaylock caught his first pass in 715 days on Saturday, finishing with 2 receptions for 11 yards in the 56-7 win over Charleston Southern.

“It’s a mind thing. Just going out there and seeing your teammates, the crowd cheering for you,” running back Zamir White said of Blaylock. “It just drives you to go out there and play really well. I’m happy for him and I’m proud of him.”

White understands better than anyone what Blaylock went through, as the Georgia running back tore both of his ACLs in less than a year. He’s now gone on to become Georgia’s leading rusher this season while scoring 10 touchdowns on the season.

Blaylock won’t become that for Georgia this season, but Saturday served as an encouraging sign for the wide receiver. With big games looming, starting with an SEC championship game which is now confirmed against Alabama, Blaylock has positioned himself to be another option in Georgia’s proverbial golf bag of an offense.

With a game against Georgia Tech next week, it gives Blaylock more reps at receiver, as well as on a number of Georgia special teams units.

“We just want to give Dom some confidence, confidence to go out and play, catch the ball, get tackled and hit people, and do some of those things,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “Hopefully he can spin this into some momentum.”

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For a receiving core that hasn’t been healthy at all, it would be a huge boost to finally get a healthy group of pass catchers on the field for the Georgia offense.

“We just want to give Dom some confidence, confidence to go out and play, catch the ball, get tackled and hit people, and do some of those things,” Smart said. “Hopefully he can spin this into some momentum.”

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