Georgia expects Terry Godwin to return against South Carolina

Georgia coach Kirby Smart said receiver Terry Godwin will return to practice Monday and he expects him to be cleared for the South Carolina game.

The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs (1-0) play the Gamecocks (1-0) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Brice-Williams Stadium in Columbia, S.C.

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Godwin missed the start of fall drills on account of a knee injury, and he has been hobbled recently by a calf strain before returning late last week.

“He’s run the last few days, he’s had a couple times he’s come back when we thought he would be back,” Smart said. “We’re expecting him to be out there today.”

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Smart indicated following the Bulldogs’ 45-0 win over Austin Peay that he expected Godwin back, and he also said Georgia needs receivers Kearis Jackson (hamstring) and Jayson Stanley (quad) back on the field.

“Terry [Godwin] has worked out the last two days really well, but didn’t know if he could play or not, so we held him,” Smart said. “Kearis [Jackson] and Jayson [Stanley] were kind of play if they have to.

“We really need those three wideouts back, they all give us something different, especially with James [Cook] out now,” Smart said. “We’ve got to have these three fast wideouts to help us.”

Godwin, in particular, brings a comfort level for the quarterbacks as well as the head coach.

“What he brings is some experience and confidence, and he has a really good feel for the quarterbacks,” Smart said. “He’s a really good route runner and he has great hands.”

Godwin is the Bulldogs leading returning receiver from last season, with 38 catches for 639 yards and six touchdowns last season.

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