Georgia Football Coach Kirby Smart Comments On Terry Godwin's Status

Georgia Football Coach Kirby Smart Comments On Terry Godwin's Status

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Georgia Football Coach Kirby Smart Comments On Terry Godwin's Status


Georgia wide receiver Terry Godwin had a stellar 2017 season, prompting many to expect another great year from the senior out of Hogansville.

However, a knee injury suffered during the summer limited Godwin’s ability to condition with the team. Coming off a breakout year, the former 5-star has seen a minimal amount of playing time, but that should soon change.

Head coach Kirby Smart commented on Godwin’s recovery Tuesday.

”I think Terry has slowly but surely gotten healthier all year. I still don’t know that Terry is at 100 percent. His GPS numbers say he’s getting closer. But here’s a guy that didn’t get to work out.”

For the past few games, players like Tyler Simmons, Mecole Hardman, Riley Ridley and Jeremiah Holloman have been able to step up in the absence of Godwin.

Simmons, though, missed last week’s Tennessee game with a shoulder injury, propelling Godwin into the starting lineup for the first time this season. On Monday, Smart said he his hopeful that Simmons, who returned to practice this week, can return for this Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt. Simmons has excelled in run blocking early this season, earning him a start in the team’s first four games.

As for Godwin, Smart said last year’s star receiver is getting closer and closer to full health, but mentioned how difficult it is to nurse an injury midseason.

“He had a painful injury,” Smart said. “He’s worked really hard to get back to where he is now.  I think he’s getting closer. It’s really hard in season to get your legs back under you because you’re constantly running, and you have to practice to get better. He recognizes that and he’s practicing hard.  I think as he gets more conditioning and more in shape he’s gonna help us out.”

Godwin missed the opening game against Austin Peay due to precautionary reasons. Through 4 games, he only has 4 receptions for 46 yards.

Last week against Tennessee, Godwin recorded 2 catches for 26 yards in a game where he saw increased snaps with Simmons sidelined.

Smart was pleased with what he saw from Godwin on Saturday.

“He had a huge block on one of Justin (Fields) touchdown runs. He just completely removed the corner out of the picture and blocked really well.  So I’ve been very pleased with Terry, not his growth but just getting back to normal” Coach Smart said.

The reigning SEC coach of the year was impressed with Godwin’s work ethic and determination, though incapable of being able to play at his highest level.

Godwin did not seem to be too worried about the recurring pain symptoms himself.

“There’s not an issue anymore, I’m back,” said the wide receiver.

Georgia possesses one of the nation’s most elite group of receivers, and with Godwin being the team player he is, he does not concern himself with playing time or stats.

“I don’t worry about playing time, but with that receiving corps in there in the room, I’m happy for any guy to go out there and play” the injured Hogansville native said.

Godwin had 38 receptions for 639 yards in 2017, with 6 touchdowns and an average of 16.8 yards per catch.

With the Vanderbilt Commodores (3-2) coming to Athens, Godwin has an opportunity to shake off some rust before a week 7 game in Baton Rouge.

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