In his weekly press conference on Monday, Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart gave updates on three players: running back Nick Chubb, defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter, and freshman defensive lineman David Marshall.
Good news came for the Georgia Bulldogs when head coach Kirby Smart announced on Monday that two recently injured players, running back Nick Chubb and defensive lineman David Marshall are expected to be back for Saturday’s game on the road against the South Carolina Gamecocks. Additionally, for defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter, his suspension continues, but should be nearing its end.
Chubb Cleared for South Carolina
ICYMI: Georgia running back Nick Chubb suffered an ankle injury at Ole Miss, causing him to leave the game late in the first half. He did not return for the remainder of the game. Then, when the Georgia Bulldogs took a shocking 34-31 loss to the Tennessee Volunteers last week, Chubb played, but didn’t get very far. He ended up taking just one carry for 3 yards.
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"“We feel good about him going into this week,” Smart said. “We’re not holding him back in any kind of way. … He’s cleared to go. So we’ll see where he’s at and make sure he builds his reps as the week goes and is ready to go for the game.”"
Marshall Likely to Return
ICYMI: Freshman defensive lineman David Marshall missed last week’s game against Tennessee due to a concussion, but had started the week before against Ole Miss as a result of having played well in Georgia’s first three games. The Bulldogs are eager to get him back on the field. After all, he has played a major role in the Bulldogs’ defense.
"“David is expected to be back,” Smart said. “It’s a deal that he’s going to be non-contact today but he’s going to be able to go out in practice and run and move around and do more stuff, which is really helpful to us. The guy is really playing well and helping our team in an area of need. I’m hoping he is.”"
Ledbetter to Miss 6th Consecutive Game
ICYMI: Jonathan Ledbetter had two alcohol-related arrests this offseason. First, he was arrested in March for possession of a fake ID and underage drinking. Those charges were later dropped in May due to an issue with how his identity was obtained by Athens-Clarke County police. That first arrest constituted a one-game suspension, per team policy. However, the second arrest came on July 10, when Ledbetter was charged with a DUI and underage possession of alcohol. The university’s policy on two alcohol-related arrests is a six-game suspension.
Update: The suspension continues. Ledbetter will miss his sixth consecutive game this weekend, though it may or may not be the last week he is out. However, assuming the team adheres to UGA’s policy, this should conclude his suspension.
Without a doubt, the return of Nick Chubb and hopefully the services of David Marshall will aid the 3-2 Dawgs on the road against South Carolina. The Georgia Bulldogs take on the Gamecocks Saturday at 7:30 PM ET on the SEC Network.