Kearis Jackson discusses involvement in punt return game while recovering from injury
Kearis Jackson has been limited in the Georgia offense this season due to a knee injury. After 36 catches for 514 yards and 3 touchdowns last year — tied for the team lead in catches and tops in yardage — Jackson has made just 7 catches for 67 yards in 2021. Still, the Bulldogs are 6-0 ahead of a visit from fellow undefeated team Kentucky on Saturday.
While he hasn’t been involved in the passing game much, Jackson’s been involved in special teams as a punt returner, so that’s certainly been a good sign for him eventually getting a bigger piece of the pie as a receiver as the season hits its stretch run. After Saturday, the Dawgs will be on an open week before facing Florida on Oct. 30.
“Just being able to play receiver, my routes weren’t where I wanted to be at,” he said on Wednesday, according to Seth Emerson from The Athletic. “So I didn’t want to put myself out there trying to go play 100 percent knowing I can’t do it. So it’s more about what I can do, and what I can put on film, and I didn’t want to put any bad stuff on tape. If it had me sit out 4 or 5 games, then so be it, the next time I (did) get on the field to be 100 percent, so that’s the main thing.”
We’ll see what involvement, if any, Jackson has in Georgia’s offense against the Wildcats on Saturday. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.