ATHENS — Two days from Georgia’s final spring scrimmage – otherwise known as G-Day, in front of thousands of fans and on broadcast television – it looks like most of the key players will be ready to go.
Tight end Isaac Nauta (shoulder) and defensive back Deangelo Gibbs (shoulder) were among those in uniform and participating during the media viewing period of Thursday’s practice. Nauta and Gibbs sustained their injuries last week.
However, two players known to be dealing with injuries were not seen during the media viewing period.
One was tight end Jeb Blazevich, who hurt his knee in last Saturday’s scrimmage. Another was offensive tackle Ben Cleveland, the redshirt freshman who has an undisclosed injury that apparently was suffered sometime last week.
There was no media viewing period of Tuesday’s practice. As for Thursday’s final spring practice, players were in shorts, signifying a low-contact and low-risk day. So it’s possible that players able to go on Thursday will still be held out on Saturday.
A few other players who had been dealing with injuries continue to practice: Receiver Riley Ridley (foot) and Jayson Stanley (concussion), and safety Dominick Sanders (safety).
Ridley, who hasn’t been full-tilt practicing this spring, made a couple nice catches during drills. Ridley reached up to make one catch and then drew praise from receivers coach James Coley for running a good route and catching the ball in stride.
Of course, the most interesting names to report on Thursday were those on the sideline:
- Offensive tackle recruit Isaiah Wilson was at practice. Wilson signed in February and is expected to immediately contend for playing time.
- Comedian/actor Chris Tucker was at practice, visiting the team for unknown reasons. Tucker was standing far away so it was hard to understand the words that were coming out of his mouth.
- Also visiting is actor Emmanuel Lewis, star of the 1980s sitcom “Webster.”
- Brad Johnson, the former NFL quarterback and former head coach Mark Richt’s brother-in-law, was also taking in practice. Johnson still lives in the Athens area and his son has been offered a football scholarship by Georgia.