Things seem to be progressing well for Georgia defensive tackle Trenton Thompson, who has missed contact work during spring practice but appears on track to return this fall.
Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart updated Thompson’s condition, when he joined “Buck and Kincade” on 680 The Fan in Atlanta on Wednesday.
“Trenton’s doing really well,” Smart said as per the Macon Telegraph. “He’s working out with the team and doing as much with the mental side as he can. He’s not in pads, obviously, but he’s out there getting all of the conditioning work he can. He’s come a long way.”
Thompson abruptly withdrew from school in February because of “medical issues.” Smart has said before that he was “hopeful” that Thompson would be able to re-enroll this summer.
Thompson, who was the nation’s consensus No. 1 prospect in the 2015 recruiting class, had 56 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and five sacks last season. He had three sacks and was MVP of Georgia’s Liberty Bowl win over TCU.
“The expectation for Trenton is to be better than he was last year, to show improvement, and that’s his goal,” Smart said. “(We want him) to get a step better, get more physical. He’s continued to rehab that shoulder so he can be healthy in the fall and give us some quickness and speed on the defensive front that we’re lacking sometimes.”
Thompson has been seen running with inside linebacker Roquan Smith during the Bulldogs’ spring practices. Georgia’s spring concludes Saturday with the G-Day spring game at Sanford Stadium.
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