UPDATE:UGA says it is not going to distribute an updated injury report, so take that's for what it's worth. In the meantime, Tray Matthews tweeted out from his Twitter account, @TriggaTray_28, that it's nothing serious. -- "I'm good . Nothing to worry about." That echoes the sentiments of defensive coordinator Todd Grantham after practice. But, again, no word on specifics with regard to the type of injury. . . .
ATHENS -- Greetings again from Georgia's Butts-Mehre football complex. I'm here to cover the Bulldogs' fourth practice of 29 during preseason camp. Overcast skies and cooler-than-normal temperatures greeted the team this morning. They're back in shells (shoulder pads and helmets) today and were getting after it pretty good.
I'm not sure yet how big of a deal it is but freshman Tray Matthews, who entered camp as the starting free safety, is in a green jersey today, signifying he's injured. He was practicing, however, in non-contact drills. We won't find out for certain until after practice when UGA distributes the injury report what exactly is Matthews' ailment. But just watching him move around and interact with the rest of the defensive backs, I'd guess it's something with his right shoulder or arm.
The good thing for the Bulldogs is they can afford to be a little more cautious with Matthews than a lot of freshmen. Since he was a midyear enrollee and went through a spring practice and summer voluntary workouts, Matthews already has a broad knowledge of Georgia's defensive concepts. And if it's just a stinger or something of that sort he should be back in business in fairly short order.
In the meantime, do-everything defensive back Connor Norman is there to serve as puddy in UGA's secondary. Talking to Norman after Saturday's practice, he said he has been getting snaps pretty much everywhere in the back-third of the defense in this camp.
"Honestly I'm working everywhere," Norman said. "There's not really one specific spot. I kind of move around in the secondary. I really couldn't pinpoint one spot."
There probably hasn't been a true freshman who has created more buzz than Matthews since his arrival back in January. The 6-foot, 196-pound athlete from Newnan was a 4-star prospect in high school. He quickly shot up the depth chart with the Bulldogs' during spring practice and had continued to draw high praise in this camp.