ATHENS, Ga. -- Former Aquinas star running back Brendan Douglas is back in the mix for a role in the Georgia backfield.
After suffering a sprained MCL in his left knee during preseason camp, Douglas fell out of a tight race for the third-string tailback position with fellow freshman J.J. Green just before the season opener against Clemson.
But Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt said on Tuesday that Douglas is back practicing and could see action on special teams and possibly at tailback in No. 11 Georgia's Southeastern Conference opening showdown with No. 6 South Carolina on Saturday at Sanford Stadium.
"Douglas is going to practice this week, and we think he’ll be able to play," Richt said. "I don’t know if he’ll get in as a running back -- I think (Todd) Gurley is fine, (Keith) Marshall is fine, J.J. Green is fine, and Green and Douglas were kind of battling it out for that number three spot. We’ll just see how quickly he can go full speed. If he’s full speed and we think he still knows enough what to do, then we might give him a chance to play.
"He was also being used on some special teams. It was getting to the point where we were getting ready to trust him in those areas, so he’s going to start getting reps there again. He may end up playing some special teams."