Earlier Thursday in Atlanta, Georgia head coach Mark Richt took part in a head coaches bowl media luncheon and indicated that junior place-kicker Brandon Coutu could possibly return for the bowl. Coutu, a first team All-SEC selection and third team AP All-American in 2005, missed the final seven games of the regular season due to a torn hamstring.
After practice, Coutu was asked about his status for the game and said time will tell if he is able to play. He said he attempted 10 "half-kicks" on Monday and Wednesday and kicked a soccer ball much of Thursday's practice.
"I'm just easing in to it right now, not rushing anything," said Coutu. "I feel like the injury has healed and now I have to strengthen the muscle. I haven't ruled anything out, each day we'll see how it feels."