"The thing that was awesome was to see him out there going full speed," Martinez said. "He has definitely improved since the Alabama game, and he went all day (Tuesday), so that's a good sign. He feels really comfortable."
Ellerbe has missed the past three games since hurting his knee against Alabama, and sophomore Darryl Gamble has filled in nicely in his absence, earning SEC defensive player of the week honors this week.
After Gamble's big game, he got a call from Ellerbe on the bus ride to the airport. Gamble said he couldn't comment on most of the conversation, but admitted Ellerbe was a little down after missing the game.
"He was saying a little bit about how he wished that was him, but I said you'll have your opportunity in the future," Gamble said.
If Ellerbe does play this week, it still hasn't been decided who will get the starting nod at middle linebacker, but Gamble said he's happy to play wherever the coaches need him.
As for Ellerbe, Martinez said the Bulldogs will be happy just to have him back on the field in any capacity.
"We're going to play him if he's ready to go," Martinez said. "We'll take 90 percent because he's a playmaker. If he continues to practice like he practiced (Tuesday), he'll be ready to go Saturday."
Saturday, Gamble had the biggest game of his life. Monday, he was an instant star around campus. So how has life changed since he returned two interceptions for touchdowns against LSU?
"It's been a lot more hectic. A lot more people know who I am when I'm walking to class and stuff. I guess it's more of being a Knowshon around campus."