“It’s hard to get better when you’re not there,” Richt said Wednesday. “It’s hard to get game ready when you’re not practicing. Unfortunately he was not able to practice and now he’s playing catch-up quite frankly, and hopefully he can get to the point where the defensive staff feels like he ought to be in there doing it.”
Tim Kimbrough and Reggie Carter have seen increased reps with the first unit. Wilson was on the sideline at times when the starting defense was on the field during Georgia’s practice on Tuesday that was open to the media and students for 70 minutes.
“They’re getting better, oh yeah,” Richt said Tuesday of the backups. “They’ve got to.”
Wilson was the presumed starter at inside linebacker with Amarlo Herrera.
“Even those spots aren’t 100 percent decided on who’s going to start inside either,” Richt said. “There’s a lot of moving parts right now that we’ve got to settle in on.”
Wilson and tailback Todd Gurley were named Wednesday to CBSSports.com’s preseason All-American team.
Wilson, a senior from Tampa, led the Southeastern Conference with 133 tackles last season.