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Edwards encouraged by progress

Terrence Edwards says he does not expect to start or see significant playing time Saturday against Georgia Tech

ATHENS, Ga. - Terrence Edwards says he does not expect to start or see significant playing time Saturday against Georgia Tech, but he continues to be encouraged by his progress in practice as he recovers from a shoulder injury.

"I feel good right now," Edwards said after Tuesday's practice. "... I got hit on a little bit and it felt good."

Added Edwards: "If they clear me, I may play a couple series. I'm not shooting to play the whole game."

Though Georgia was not in full pads Tuesday, Edwards took a few hits to the left shoulder that was separated in the fourth quarter against Mississippi on Nov. 9. That was the first contact he has received, though he survived a fall after a catch in Monday's practice.

Despite missing the Auburn game with the injury, Edwards leads Georgia with 47 receptions for 84 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Edwards is only two touchdown catches from the Southeastern Conference career record of 31 set by Florida's Chris Doering (1992-95). The senior already has set Georgia records for career receptions, yards receiving, touchdowns and 100-yard games.

Quarterback David Greene said Edwards would contribute with his leadership, even if his playing time is limited.

"Terrence's presence in the huddle can say a lot," Greene said. "He can help the confidence of the team."

Added Greene: "If Terrence doesn't play, you'll take Michael Johnson, who made one of the biggest catches in Georgia history. He proved he could step up in a big game."

Johnson, who made the game-winning 19-yard touchdown catch against Auburn, is listed as a starter with Fred Gibson.

Reggie Brown, who suffered a strained hamstring Monday, is expected to be able to play behind Johnson and Gibson.

Edwards and other seniors will be recognized before Saturday's game.

"For me, with what has happened in the last month, my adrenaline will be going," he said. "I'll probably shed a few tears."

Edwards went home last weekend and for the first time saw a billboard in Sandersville, Ga., which was purchased by Georgia fans as a tribute to his record-setting career.

The billboard was a response to negative feedback Edwards received following a drop in the loss to Florida.


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