ATHENS — Mark Richt meant it when he said the bye week would be used to rest some players on his Georgia football team.
Tailback Sony Michel, linebacker Leonard Floyd and linebacker Jordan Jenkins were all missing from Wednesday’s full-pads practice, at least during the media viewing period. So were tight end Jay Rome, defensive lineman James Deloach and defensive lineman John Atkins.
Michel was known to be dealing with a groin injury, which he played through last Saturday. But Richt hinted that Michel would take it easy this week before ramping it up next week for the Florida game.
Floyd’s injury, assuming he has one, is not known. Jenkins missed Saturday’s game against Missouri with a groin injury, and earlier on Wednesday Richt termed Jenkins as questionable for the Florida game.
Another player deemed questionable was receiver-kick returner Isaiah McKenzie, who was at practice and in a regular red jersey. McKenzie has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury.
Atkins missed the Missouri game with a foot injury. Deloach and Rome’s injuries were not known.
The media was only permitted two periods to observe on Wednesday, and none involved much more than individual drills. The order the quarterbacks went in those passing drills was fluid from drill to drill, with Greyson Lambert, Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta each going first and the order being changed up each time.
It’s hard to tell whether that meant anything, considering it’s a bye week, and Richt has said this would be a “mini-spring ball” type of week. The order of the tailbacks, minus Michel, also seemed divided up between Keith Marshall and Brendan Douglas.