Just a week out from the season-opening game against Clemson, Georgia coaches seem fine with leaving some uncertainty on whether All-SEC inside linebacker Ramik Wilson will be starting.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôll have to see, it‚Äôs too early to say,‚Äù inside linebackers coach Mike Ekeler said. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôve got a lot of capable guys, a lot of guys that have been out there practicing the whole time.‚Äù
Wilson hasn‚Äôt been practicing the whole time because he sustained a concussion that kept him out for more than a week, but he‚Äôs been back for more than a week now.
‚ÄúAny time you miss practice, it sets you back and he missed a bunch,‚Äù Ekeler said. ‚ÄúIt kind of is what it is, and we‚Äôve made some moves and so he‚Äôs trying to battle his way back right now.‚Äù
Wilson still lined up with Amarlo Herrera as the starters in the portion of practice open to the media Friday, but Ekeler spoke differently about Herrera‚Äôs spot in the lineup.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs been out there every time,‚Äù Ekeler said. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs busting his tail and he‚Äôs getting better and he‚Äôs got good command of everything. The way coach (Jeremy) Pruitt talks, too, it‚Äôs a week by week deal. You don‚Äôt rest on your laurels around here. You‚Äôve got to earn it every week, every day in practice.‚Äù
Sophomores Tim Kimbrough and Reggie Carter got more work with the top unit when Wilson was out.
‚ÄúThey‚Äôve done a great job,‚Äù Ekeler said.
And maybe gave Wilson something to think about.
‚ÄúCompetition brings out the best in everyone,‚Äù Ekeler said. ‚ÄúIt adds a little bit of pressure, which is good.‚Äù