Georgia safety Tray Matthews is medically cleared to play Saturday after missing much of the preseason with a strained hamstring, but coach Mark Richt said he can‚Äôt be sure if he‚Äôll be able to play a full game.
‚ÄúThe hardest part about that is that the tempo that we‚Äôre going right now isn‚Äôt a real good indicator of how he can run out, how he can burst full speed,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúCan he do it for an entire ballgame? That‚Äôs the part that‚Äôs difficult to gauge right now and we don‚Äôt want to test it because the more days he‚Äôll have under his belt, the more he‚Äôll heal. We just didn‚Äôt want any setbacks.‚Äù
The freshman, who earned the starting role in the spring after enrolling early, is expected to start at free safety with Connor Norman at strong safety.
Matthews missed all three Georgia scrimmages.
‚ÄúHe may have gone full speed once or twice or a few times, but not anything like what would happen in a game,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm not even sure if he knows how he‚Äôs going to do right now.‚Äù