ATLANTA — Georgia will be getting one player back for the national championship game, but likely will be without another one.
Jayson Stanley, a receiver and special teams standout, will be eligible to play on Monday, coach Kirby Smart confirmed on Saturday morning.
“He’ll play,” Smart said of Stanley.
Stanley sat out the Rose Bowl as a one-game suspension, following his arrest in Barrow County in early December. Stanley was initially charged with a DUI, which would be a two-game suspension per UGA student-athlete policy, but that was charge was dismissed and Stanley instead pleaded to marijuana possession, meaning only a one-game suspension.
Stanley doesn’t have any catches this year but has played a key role on special teams, especially as the gunner on punt and kickoff coverage. The team did well on those units in the Rose Bowl without him, but he’s been good enough this year that he may slide back into his role.
But sophomore tight end Charlie Woerner, who had 3 catches in the Rose Bowl, is likely out for the game Monday. Woerner injured a leg against Oklahoma and was seen on crutches afterwards.
Woerner was not with the team at national championship media day on Saturday morning in Atlanta.
“He’s doubtful,” Smart said. “We’re hopeful to get him. He’s getting some treatment right now. But very doubtful.”
Woerner has 9 catches this season, tied for the most among tight ends on Georgia’s team.
Junior inside linebacker Natrez Patrick is also not expected to play, as he continues to receive treatment. Patrick entered treatment last month after incurring a probation violation. Patrick started seven games this year and came off the bench in two more.
Georgia bused to Atlanta on Friday afternoon, checked into their hotel, but was set to return to Athens for a practice on Saturday afternoon. The team will then bus back to Atlanta on Saturday night.