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Marshall returns to Georgia spring practice

ATHENS - Keith Marshall returned to practice on Tuesday, though his status for Saturday's spring game remains uncertain.

Marshall missed more than a week of practice with a hamstring injury. The junior tailback was back in a regular red jersey on Tuesday, which normally means they're a full-go, although head coach Mark Richt said Marshall still had limitations.

"I wouldn't say 100 percent, but he did get reps. He got more work than I thought he would," Richt said. "I didn't think he'd practice, but he got a lot more than I expected. Will it be enough to go full-speed on Saturday, I don't know."

Sony Michel, the other injured tailback, remains out with a shoulder injury, and is almost certain to miss the rest of spring practice. (Georgia has two more practices next week.)

Receiver Charlie Hegedus, a walk-on who missed last week with a hamstring injury, also returned to practice. But fatigue prevented Hegedus from being able to finish practice, Richt said.

Wilkerson makes a move

After knee surgery in 2013, when he was a freshman, Reggie Wilkerson is finally seeing action on first team. Wilkerson was at the star position in last Saturday's scrimmage, which doesn't mean he'll be starting this season, but it's a step in the right direction.

Georgia denied media requests to speak to Wilkerson about his spring, and his journey back from ACL surgery. Richt said Wilkerson was one of many defensive backs who is working hard this spring.

"Part of it is trying to find the right combination. Part of it is guys gaining experience and learning what to do, and putting themselves in position to get quality reps so coaches can make some decisions," Richt said. "I think he's had a solid spring so far. ... He's one of many who is busting his tail, trying to prove he deserves some snaps in the season, and can help us in special (teams) as well."

Safety Quincy Mauger, however, was a bit more bullish on Wilkerson.

"This year is kind of a breakout year for him," Mauger said. "I know he's been working his butt off, day in and day out. And you should expect some big things from him."

A high-profile visitor

As Georgia's three scholarship quarterbacks continued to compete for the starting job on Tuesday, they were watched closely by the mega-recruit who should provide more heat next year.

Jacob Eason, a quarterback from Washington State and Georgia commitment, attended Tuesday's spring practice. He was standing with the quarterbacks group and watching during the media viewing period. Eason is one of the nation's highest-rated recruits.

There were a lot of other recruits at the practice, mostly a result of high schools being on spring break.

"We love that they get to come to practice," Richt said. "They get to see who they'll be competing against, they get to see the coaching style. They get a little flavor of the excitement of a day like today. It's good stuff."

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