Wilson working to ‘battle his way back’ in starting UGA linebacker corps

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.

“We’ll have to see, it’s too early to say,” inside linebackers coach Mike Ekeler said. “We’ve got a lot of capable guys, a lot of guys that have been out there practicing the whole time.”

Wilson hasn’t been practicing the whole time because he sustained a concussion that kept him out for more than a week, but he’s been back for more than a week now.

“Any time you miss practice, it sets you back and he missed a bunch,” Ekeler said. “It kind of is what it is, and we’ve made some moves and so he’s trying to battle his way back right now.”

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’s spot in the lineup.

“He’s been out there every time,” Ekeler said. “He’s busting his tail and he’s getting better and he’s got good command of everything. The way coach (Jeremy) Pruitt talks, too, it’s a week by week deal. You don’t rest on your laurels around here. You’ve got to earn it every week, every day in practice.”

Sophomores Tim Kimbrough and Reggie Carter got more work with the top unit when Wilson was out.

“They’ve done a great job,” Ekeler said.

And maybe gave Wilson something to think about.

“Competition brings out the best in everyone,” Ekeler said. “It adds a little bit of pressure, which is good.”

 

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