UGA practice report: Bulldogs go indoors again minus two key defensive players

Georgia defensive linemen Tyler Clark and John Atkins go through a drill at practice on Oct. 11, 2017 (Marc Weiszer/Staff)

Georgia’s midweek practice Wednesday was once again indoors on a sticky day with the temperature outside 87 degrees.

 

Once again two Georgia defensive players were missing during the media viewing period in the indoor practice facility. They appear unlikely to play Saturday against Missouri.

Starting defensive tackle Trenton Thompson is expected to miss his second straight game with a sprained knee ligament. Inside linebacker Reggie Carter also remains sidelined with an undisclosed injury sustained at Tennessee two weeks ago.

Some practice observations:

—Watched the wide receivers for about three minutes before practice was closed and sophomore wide receiver Mecole Hardman snagged both passes that came his way, including a comeback route on a pass from Jacob Eason.

Drops have been an issue for Hardman this season, including on one pass over the middle that came his way at Vanderbilt and went through his hands.

“He’s developing, he’s working hard at it,” coach Kirby Smart said Tuesday. “I think the guy’s going to make a really good player. To be honest with you, we’ve thrown to him in the last couple of weeks in practice. It’s not like he’s got the drops.”

—Eason and starter Jake Fromm both were sharp in the short media viewing time. They were throwing passes to wide receivers “on air” without any defenders.

 

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