UGA safety Matthews can go, but for how long?

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’t be sure if he’ll be able to play a full game.

“The hardest part about that is that the tempo that we’re going right now isn’t a real good indicator of how he can run out, how he can burst full speed,” Richt said. “Can he do it for an entire ballgame? That’s the part that’s difficult to gauge right now and we don’t want to test it because the more days he’ll have under his belt, the more he’ll heal. We just didn’t want any setbacks.”

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.

“He may have gone full speed once or twice or a few times, but not anything like what would happen in a game,” Richt said. “I’m not even sure if he knows how he’s going to do right now.”

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