Georgia’s Regular Series 2021 is coming to an end, and the Bulldogs are hoping to get back a couple of players who excelled at times in the 2020 season. George Pickens, who helped train UGA defense coaching in Tennessee last week, but still sticks to what he can and cannot do on the field.
“We’re doing a lot of good with the good, which means we’re training less against the scouts this week and more against ourselves, that’s giving each other a good look,” Smart said when asked about Pickens. He has opposed our defense (No. 1). We do 7-7 and he gets reps. He’s really doing the same thing as last week, if you ask. He does very similar things, just probably more by adding more repetitions and volume. He’s still in a contactless shirt and training with us. ”
Pickens suffered a rupture of the ACL during UGA’s fourth spring practice in March. He hasn’t appeared in a game yet this season, but he has been practicing in limited capacity for several weeks now.
Smart has stated in the past that there is a plan for Pickens, but he has not revealed what it contains. We’re not even sure if the plan includes a return to the field when he’s completely cleaned up. Pickens has visited Dr. James Andrews, a well-known orthopedist, several times since the summer.
In Pickens ’first two seasons at UGA, he played in 22 games, catching 85 with 1,240 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was expected to be the No. 1 target for the Bulldogs before he suffered a knee injury in the spring.
It’s also possible that the Bulldog background field could get an extra kick in the next couple of weeks. Second year run Kendall Milton, with 49 passes 243 yards and a touchdown year – round, is on its way to recovery after suffering a sprain nearly four weeks ago.
“Kendall is back to running, which is a good thing. I think he went up 10-15 miles an hour yesterday, not really practicing with us,” Smart said. “He’s running and cutting a straight line. I doubt he’ll get this week back, but I’m optimistic to get him back to Georgia Tech. We just don’t have the timeline we’ve had since the injury. Certainly, hopefully we can get him back in time for Tech.”
Milton’s freshman season was hampered by a similar injury at almost the same point during the year. He missed three games due to this illness and returned to the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl against Cincinnati. Milton ended the 2020 season with 35 moves at 193 yards.