ATHENS — Jayson Stanley may not be a major piece for the Georgia football team, but he’s another indication of the good state of the Bulldogs as the trip to Jacksonville approaches.
Stanley, a junior receiver and key special teams contributor, was practicing on Wednesday, after missing the past couple weeks with a lower leg injury. Stanley doesn’t have a catch this season, but has played well as the gunner on the punt and kickoff units.
Georgia was already set to get back two potential starters on defense.
Defensive lineman Trenton Thompson missed two games with a sprained knee, but has practiced this week and hasn’t had many limitations, head coach Kirby Smart indicated after Tuesday’s practice.
“He looks quick out there,” Smart said. “He hasn’t taken a step back so that’s good.”
Senior inside linebacker Reggie Carter, who missed two games with a concussion, has also been practicing. He would likely slide into a starting spot this week, with junior Natrez Patrick serving the third of a four-game suspension.
“He seems good. He’s running around out there good, almost like he’s got a set of fresh legs,” Smart said of Carter after Tuesday’s practice. “He doesn’t get too many reps that is truly conditioning because we don’t play our linebackers every snap, we rotate them in the game, so it’s not a defensive back who will play 70-80 snaps. I don’t think it will be a conditioning will be a big concern. If somebody got injured it could be, but he’s done a good job in practice of pushing himself.”
Sophomore defensive lineman David Marshall has also been practicing this week after missing the Missouri game with an undisclosed injury. But not every injured player is quite back yet.
Junior DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle, who would play nose tackle and defensive tackle, continues to be absent. Hawkins-Muckle, who has seven tackles in six games this year, also has an undislosed injury.
Reserve defensive back Rashad Roundtree does not appear close to returning. The junior has been in street clothes this week, walking around and observing practice, including all position groups.
“Nothing is finalized yet,” Smart said when asked about Roundtree’s status. “He’s trying to get better but he’s helping us out, doing a good job of being out there doing that.”