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BREAKING: Kirby Smart Gives Saturday Update on UGA Football Star Brock Bowers

November 11, 2023

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ATHENS - UGA Football coach Kirby Smart gave a Saturday morning update on injured tight end Brock Bowers. 

Kirby told ESPN’s College Gameday that Bowers would be a “gametime decision”. 

Bowers had so-called tight-rope surgery on his ankle two days after injuring it in Nashville during No. 1 UGA’s 37-20 win over Vandy. The Bulldogs played without the California native in wins over the Gators and last week vs. No. 14 Missouri. 

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“I don't know if he will be 100%,” Kirby said of Bowers’ ability to play on Saturday night against the No. 10 Ole Miss Rebels. 

On Friday Bowers’ father Warren told the Athens Banner-Herald that the tight end playing would depend on the injured ankle. 

“There is no timeline for return to play,” Warren Bowers told the outlet. “It all depends on how the ankle is responding. It could be this week. It could be next week. It could be the following week. Or not at all. It all depends.”

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Bulldogs Close Out Home Slate With Senior Night Against Rebels

Georgia concludes its 2023 home schedule Saturday against No. 10 Ole Miss with kickoff set for 7 p.m. on ESPN. The Bulldogs hold a 32-13-1 edge in the series with the Rebels. Georgia had won 10 straight in the series until the last meeting which came in 2016 in Oxford as the Rebels snapped the streak with a 45-14 decision in Kirby Smart’s first season at the helm. Ole Miss’ last trip to town came in 2012 when the Bulldogs won 37-10. ESPN College GameDay returns to Athens for the first time since last year’s win over No. 1 (CFP) Tennessee. The Bulldogs are 6-2 when GameDay visits Athens.

Georgia will recognize its Seniors before the game, and they are 46-3 in their career, which ranks second in victories for a class in school history. The 2022 Senior Class went 49-5 with a pair of national titles. Also of note, Georgia enters Saturday’s game with a 24-game home winning streak which has tied the school mark set from 1980-83.

About Ole Miss

Head Coach Lane Kiffin has Ole Miss in the national top 10 for the third straight season, the first such streak since 1962-64. In fact, the Rebels are 8-1 for the second straight year and the first time since 1961-62. Ole Miss leads the SEC and ranks (13th in the FBS) in turnover margin at +8. Ole Miss has tallied 10 interceptions and four fumble recoveries. Ole Miss ranks among the top 10 nationally in fewest turnovers with just six. The Rebels start fast, outscoring opponents 117-38 in the 1st quarter, and finish fast, outscoring opponents 103-44 in the 4th quarter. Junior QB Jaxson Dart directs the offense that has seven scoring drives under one minute. Sophomore RB Quinshon Judkins leads the SEC with 12 rushing TDs while Dart has seven. Ole Miss has three 500-yard receivers in Tre Harris, Jordan Watkins and Dayton Wade. Harris had 213 yards on 11 catches with a score versus A&M last Saturday.

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