Wilson to Return

JACKSONVILLE – The SEC's leading tackler will return for his final season.

Ramik Wilson told reporters today that he will be back for the 2014 season.

"I am coming back," Wilson said Saturday.

Georgia coach Mark Richt was happy with the news, saying that he would have been "surprised" had any of Bulldog players left early.

"I think that will help Ramik, and I think it will help Georgia," Richt said. "He had a tremendous year. I think he knows that he can get better. I think that's a good sign for Georgia."

With the return of Wilson, the Bulldogs are expected to return 10 of 11 starters on a defensive unit that was the youngest of the Mark Richt era, and one of the youngest in the program's history.


The Bulldogs practiced in full pads for the second day in a row Saturday. Richt said he wants his team to focus on tackling.

"You can't knock down a good back," Richt said. "You have to tackle him."

Todd Grantham's defense will have a challenge on its hands again this year in a bowl with Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah, who had already topped the 1,500-yard mark.

"He's a great back for Nebraska. He's already rushed for more than 1,500 yards this year, and he's a guy you just can't knock down," Richt said. "He's a back you have to wrap up and tackle. Also, there will probably be enough quarterback runs in the game that you'll have to be able to tackle in space."


Richt said receiver Chris Conley sprained his ankle during practice this week and did not practice today. But he would not rule out him playing in the Gator Bowl.

"No, not at all," Richt said of Conley possibly missing the game. "He was just competing for a ball – running a route."

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