ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia’s Branden Smith is still waiting to hear whether he will be cleared to play on Saturday against Florida.
The sophomore cornerback has missed the past three games after sustaining his second concussion of the season. Head coach Mark Richt said on his radio show that Smith has a good chance of playing, but Smith pleaded ignorance.
“I don’t know anything. Everything’s up to coach Richt and the trainers right now,” Smith said.
Smith suffered his second concussion of the season at Colorado on Oct. 2, and he hasn’t played since. He also missed the Arkansas game after sustaining his first concussion.
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Richt has said the staff wanted to proceed carefully with Smith, since it was his second concussion.
“I had a little concern, but it wasn’t much, really,” Smith said. “I wasn’t really worried about it, because I knew I was going to come back, and everything was going to be all right.”
Once he returns, Smith expects to be available to return punts and play some offense, as he has the past two season. He said his regimen of on-field testing has included head movement, running, push-ups and sit-ups.
Walsh works on kicks
Place-kicker Blair Walsh thinks he may have diagnosed why he has been missing field goals lately. But his missed extra point at Kentucky was just a bad kick.
All three of Walsh’s missed field goals, including a 47-yarder on Saturday, came from the right hash mark. So the junior thinks he was over-compensating.
“I didn’t want to end up hooking the ball,” Walsh said.
“So I was trying to keep it straight, and I just kept it too straight and not enough left.”
He said he went out earlier than usual for a Monday, kicking 30 or 40 balls from the right hash.
As for the missed PAT, Walsh said he hit it cleanly, but it went left and he knew right away he had missed it. He said it was his first extra-point miss since a high school all-star game.
“I was bound to miss one eventually,” Walsh said. “I hope I won’t miss another one before my career is done.”
Walsh still leads the SEC in field goal percentage. And the Florida native is ready to make amends this Saturday.