UGA Football

Key special teamer returns to practice

Georgia receiver Jayson Stanley.
Georgia receiver Jayson Stanley. Georgia Sports Communications

Georgia receiver Jayson Stanley, who has been a standout on special teams this season, was back with his position group and going through individual drills during Wednesday's practice.

This is a good sign for Stanley's chances to play Saturday against Florida. Stanley missed Georgia's win over Missouri due to a leg injury. Stanley was previously seen working with director of sports medicine Ron Courson on Tuesday.

Head coach Kirby Smart was optimistic about Stanley's availability against the Gators Tuesday evening.

"We think he’s going to be fine," Smart said. "He’s been out there. He practiced some (Tuesday). He did some stuff. I think he’s going to be good to go."

While Stanley has rotated in at receiver, his presence as a gunner on kickoff and punt returns has been a big reason why the special teams coverage units have been improved. He has also been vital as a blocker in the run game.

While Stanley returned to practice, defensive lineman DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle was not present. Hawkins-Muckle is dealing with an undisclosed injury and missed the previous game against Missouri.

Receiver Terry Godwin (left ribs), defensive lineman Trenton Thompson (sprained MCL) and defensive lineman David Marshall (undisclosed) were all present for practice on a third consecutive day and are expected to suit up against the Gators.

Inside linebacker Reggie Carter, who has been recovering from a head injury suffered against Tennessee, remains on track to play against Florida as well. While Carter missed games against Vanderbilt and Missouri, Smart said his conditioning has remained in shape while out.

"He’s running around out there good, almost like he’s got a set of fresh legs," Smart said. "He doesn’t get too many reps that is truly conditioning because we don’t play our linebackers every snap, we rotate them in the game, so it’s not a defensive back who will play 70-80 snaps. I don’t think it will be a conditioning will be a big concern. If somebody got injured it could be, but he’s done a good job in practice of pushing himself."