Justin Scott-Wesley did not practice on Friday because of a recent ankle injury, but the junior wide receiver won’t play in the opener against Clemson because of a suspension.
That’s according to offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, who spoke to reporters for about 10 minutes following Georgia’s two-hour workout at Woodruff Practice Fields. Scott-Wesley was arrested for misdemeanor pot possession while sidelined with knee injury last fall. Coach Mark Richt said at the time Scott-Wesley would be disciplined as per UGA’s standard conduct codes but has yet to announce a suspension.
What is less clear is if Scott-Wesley is physically unable to play against Clemson, would that satisfy the one-game suspension requirement dictated by UGA’s marijuana-use policy.
“Well, I can tell you from my perspective, he’s not full speed yet,” receivers coach Tony Ball said Friday. “Whatever other reasons are there, I just know he’s not full speed.”
Scott-Wesley had 16 catches for 311 yards and two touchdowns in five games last season. But he was lost for the season when he suffered an ACL injury covering a punt against Tennessee.
Scott-Wesley had participated in nearly every preseason practice this month under non-contact status before being cleared this week. He injured his ankle on Thursday.