One of Georgia‚Äôs top defensive players and a top newcomer missed practice time Monday due to injuries.
First-team All-SEC pick Ramik Wilson wasn‚Äôt dressed out for practice. The senior inside linebacker who had 133 tackles last season sat under the trainer‚Äôs shed watching during a portion of the media viewing period, but his specific injury was unclear.
A Georgia spokesman said information about what kept Wilson from practicing will be available on Tuesday.
Trainers were also called over early in practice to the secondary area to attend to junior college transfer cornerback Shattle Fenteng. He left with director of sports medicine Ron Courson due to an apparent hand injury. No information was provided on his injury either.
Outside linebacker Leonard Floyd practiced in a non-contact jersey.
Rome‚Äôs readiness for opener an issue?
Tight end Jay Rome returned to the practice field a day after being hobbled, but staying out there is another matter.
His position coach, John Lilly, sounded a bit frustrated that Rome‚Äôs return from offseason foot surgery has been slow.
‚ÄúHe hasn‚Äôt practiced very much,‚Äù Lilly said. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs been out some and he‚Äôs not able to go some and so on. That makes it hard. It‚Äôs hard to evaluate a guy when that‚Äôs the case, but it‚Äôs a process. We‚Äôre not playing tomorrow.‚Äù
Georgia opens the season at home against Clemson on Aug. 30.
‚ÄúYou‚Äôve got to be a little bit concerned with his conditioning and how ready he‚Äôs going to be when we play in less than a month,‚Äù Lilly said.
When Rome isn‚Äôt on the practice field that gives Jordan Davis, Quayvon Hicks, Jeb Blazevich, Jared Chapple and Joseph Ledbetter more snaps
Blazevich, a freshman, has shown he can compete but Lilly doesn‚Äôt know who is No. 2 behind Rome.
‚ÄúIt could end up being any of them right now, quite frankly,‚Äù Lilly said.
Move over Josh Murray
It‚Äôs been a busy summer in the love department for Georgia walk-on safeties.
Josh Murray, the former Bulldog and brother of quarterback Aaron Murray who finished his Georgia career last season, was engaged for all the world to see last week on The Bachelorrete.
Bulldogs senior Lucas Redd from Jefferson also proposed to girlfriend Morgan McCorkle of Forsyth on July 22. He popped the question (she said yes) on North Campus in front of the fountains.
His teammates, he said, ‚Äúwere fired up for me. They know how much I love her.‚Äù
Redd said he‚Äôs not the only player on the team who is engaged. His roommate, walk-on receiver Ben Southern from Gainesville, also falls into that category.
Turns out Redd didn‚Äôt watch the Bachelorette.
‚ÄúI love Josh and the whole Murray family, but‚Ä¶,‚Äù Redd said.
This and that
The punting competition between Adam Erickson and Collin Barber has continued this preseason: ‚ÄúBoth are embracing the competition of the thing,‚Äù Lilly said. ‚ÄúThe great thing is you‚Äôve got two guys that you feel very comfortable with because they‚Äôve both been in the heat of it before and both performed well at different times. I‚Äôm kind of excited to see how it plays out.‚Äù ‚Ä¶.Hicks has ‚Äúdone a nice job so far,‚Äù learning tight end as part of the H-back role Georgia is preparing him to play,‚Äù Lilly said. ‚ÄúI really like his energy level out there,‚Äù Lilly said. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs a guy that kind of some other guys can feed off of. It gets a little hot, it‚Äôs football, people get a little sore. Sometimes you need somebody with a little pep in their step to keep everybody going.‚Äù ‚Ä¶ ‚Ä¶Head coach Mark Richt wasn‚Äôt available to the media Monday but said in a school-issued practice report that he ‚Äúsaw guys pushing hard and fighting hard. I also saw plenty of energy and guys being good teammates by lifting each other up. It was an outstanding day.‚Äù …Georgia holds its first full pads practice on Tuesday. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs really football,‚Äù Lilly said. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôve got all the gear on so we‚Äôll find out a little bit more tomorrow.‚Äù ‚Ä¶SiriusXM will broadcast from UGA on Tuesday from 7 to 10 p.m. with former Auburn coach Gene Chizik and Jack Arute on channel 91.