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Blog: Benedict’s long road back

Georgia offensive lineman Brent Benedict declared himself “full-go, 100 percent,” after the Bulldogs’ second spring practice today.

Benedict was limited last season after a season-ending knee injury in his senior season at The Bolles School in Jacksonville.

“It was a long road coming back,” said Benedict, who is participating in all drills.

Benedict is working as a right guard.

“I’m taking it one day at a time right now,” the redshirt freshman said. “It’s spring and everybody’s out there. They’re looking for guys and I’m hoping to compete.”

Benedict played tackle in high school, “but this is a whole different ballgame,” he said. “We’ll just have to see how it goes. Right now I’m pretty comfortable at guard and I’m getting back in the swing of things and getting used to it.”

Benedict tore his ACL, PCL, meniscus and hamstring in the non-contact injury sustained while running down the field to celebrate a touchdown.

“It was a pretty serious injury, especially with nerve involvement,” said Benedict, who practices now wearing an ankle brace.

“You never know how a guy is going to recover from some kind of nerve issue,” coach Mark Richt said. “The good thing on him is there was always something going on good that made you feel like he was going to recover. There’ was always some kind of flicker at the beginning or more movement. As time went on it just got better. …He’s now able to compete.”

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