When it comes to your best receiver, hope is still the best of things.
“Obviously I think that there’s a chance he’s back in 2021. We’ve had kids that have had ACL injuries – I liken it to Divaad, he got his when he first got here, it was the third day of spring practice. He didn’t know our defense, but he was going to help us, and he came back. I think he was cleared somewhere around Florida week, but the issue with Divaad is that he didn’t know the defense. The difference with George is that he knows most of the offense, he’s played longer, he’s a little bit older. But all that’s going to be dictated by Ron (Courson). We’re not concerned with that right now. What we’re concerned with is a great surgery, a great rehab. He’s got a long career ahead of him, so that’s going to be a situation where the doctors make that medical decision. I can assure you this, nobody in the country has had as many ACLs that they’ve had to work with – I’m not talking about because we have a lot of them, I’m talking about it because Ron Courson’s been here since I was here. That’s a long time. So he’s seen a lot of ACLs, and the names that he has rehabbed is pretty impressive. I know when NFL execs start talking about where did you do your rehab, that’s one of the most critical factors – I reached out to Hines Ward and talked to him for a little while, he’s a receivers coach in the NFL – the first thing he said is, ‘The No. 1 thing everyone wants to know is where do you do your rehab at,’ Well, if you do it at Georgia, it’s super credible, it’s done the right way, and we’ve got more ways to help George back to himself than anybody. The timeline of that, who knows? That’s not concerning to me right.”
Man, there’s a lot going on there in that quote — Smart talking to Hines Ward? — but, bottom line, if we see Pickens suit up in the SECCG, they need to erect a statue to Ron Courson.