A couple of old UAB teammates are on track for a reunion on the field Saturday in Sanford Stadium nearly a year after the program was disbanded.
Georgia Southern starting offensive right guard Roscoe Byrd was a teammate of Georgia starting inside linebacker Jake Ganus at UAB. Both found new teams when the program was shut down before being reformed this year.
“One of my better friends from UAB,” Ganus said Tuesday. “We’ve been keeping up all throughout the season, the offseason. We’ve been texting all week. I’m looking forward to seeing him.”
Ganus has seen former teammates on film going up against opponents that were on Georgia’s schedule but this is the first time he’ll play one against the Bulldogs.
Ganus led UAB in tackles the last two seasons while Byrd, a 6-3, 320-pound Albany product, was a starter at guard for the Blazers.
“I went against him in practice for three years,” said Ganus, who leads Georgia with 74 tackles. “It’ll kind of be like old times. He’s an awesome person and player. I’m looking forward to seeing him.”
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Leonard Floyd bypassed the NFL draft last winter, but if the outside linebacker did the same again it would be a surprise. The fourth-year junior is a projected first-round draft pick by CBSSports.com but is not on ESPN’s Todd McShay’s top 32 prospects or Mel Kiper’s big board. Kiper had Floyd No. 7 among outside linebackers last month. “I’m not going to make any comments on juniors or guys deciding what they want to do,” Richt said Tuesday. “I don’t want to speak for them. I don’t mind those things being discussed, or even myself discussing them even after next week’s game because that time between the end of the season and the bowl game, there’s a lot of time there. I think that’s an appropriate time to talk about those things.”
Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell is the second Georgia player set to play in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 30 in Mobile, Ala., joining outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins. Mitchell leads Georgia with 45 catches for 637 yards and four touchdowns.
Offensive guard Greg Pyke (knee) did not practice Tuesday. Marshall (ankle) was in a regular jersey.