ATHENS - The conventional wisdom, when Tramel Terry tore his ACL in a high school all-star game last month, was that the highly-regarded receiver would have to redshirt his first season at Georgia.
Mark Richt appears to think otherwise.
"I think the history has shown that guys have been able to play as early as six months (later) sometimes," Richt said on Thursday. "But we just want to make sure that he gets very healthy. And if we do get him into a competition setting of learning what to do, and trying to compete, we just want him to be really healthy before he does that. We don't want him to have any set-back.
"So we know that if we needed to redshirt (him) we could. It might make sense. But we're not gonna say we're gonna do it. We wanna see how he rehabs, how fast he rehabs, and what he's capable of when the time comes. It is a long season, and it could be that - he might not be ready Game 1, but he might be ready not long after that. So we'll just have to see."
Terry is one of 13 players who have already enrolled at Georgia, which is why Richt is able to comment on his status. Terry injured his knee on the opening kickoff of the Shrine Bowl, an all-star game between North Carolina and South Carolina prospects.
The product of Goose Creek High School is regarded as a four-star prospect who is capable of playing right away. It's an indication of his talents - and Georgia's need at receiver - that Richt isn't closing off the possibility of playing him. In fact, Terry carried the ball enough times in high school that he could be an option as a backup tailback, particularly if Georgia's depth at tailback isn't good.
Richt said Terry will be under the tutelage of receivers coach Tony Ball, but left other possibilities open.
"Tramel is a very multi-talented guy," Richt said. "He's got running skills and wide receiver skills, and some of the best receivers I've ever been around have been running backs in their career. They're a little bit tougher than most receivers. They've got some great running skills after the catch, and that type of thing."