Mecole Hardman will play WR at G-Day, but injuries may keep Jeb Blazevich and Ben Cleveland out

Mecole Hardman hasn’t been spotted playing defense in recent weeks, but Georgia coach Kirby Smart isn’t ready to say the sophomore is a wide receiver exclusively just yet.

Oh, he will be at G-Day Saturday, Smart said, but he only went so far Thursday to say: “Right now, Mecole is playing offense more than he’s playing defense.”

He’s also returning kickoffs. Hardman was a backup cornerback last season.

While Hardman will be someone to watch Saturday, tight end Jeb Blazevich (knee) and offensive lineman Ben Cleveland are “uncertain” to play.

“Don’t know if they’ll be cleared for the G-Day game,” Smart said.

Wide receiver Riley Ridley, coming off ankle surgery, looks like he might play Saturday after he went through Thursday’s workout.

“We’re going to see what he can do,” Smart said. “What he’s done is he’s starting to doing non-contact stuff and then he was able to do a little more of 7-on-7. …It was really important that he didn’t go through all spring without breaking a huddle, hearing a call and knowing what to do. I think that can set you back when you do that.”

Defensive back Deangelo Gibbs (shoulder) practiced Thursday and “we hope he’ll be able to go.”

Tight end Isaac Nauta (shoulder) also practiced and Smart said he should play Saturday.

Inside linebacker Roquan Smith (pectoral muscle) and defensive tackle Trenton Thompson (shoulder and other medical issues) are out as is punter Marshall Long (knee cap).

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