Brock Bowers Oct 14, 2023; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Georgia Bulldogs tight end Brock Bowers (19) walks off the field after an injury during the first half against the Vanderbilt Commodores at FirstBank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Bulldogs superstar tight end Brock Bowers has missed the past two games with the team after suffering an ankle injury that required surgery. Bowers is recovering and intends to play for the Bulldogs this season, and head coach Kirby Smart gave an update about what the team is looking for as he continues his recovery.

During the SEC Coaches Teleconference on Wednesday, Kirby Smart explained the “markers” Brock Bowers has to hit before the team knows he’s ready to return to action.

“Well, I think there are a lot of markers he’s got to hit,” Smart said according to On3. “There’s more than just the marker of sheer speed. One of the first things we look at on this injury is acceleration and deceleration. Not GPS speed. So, when your decel numbers and acceleration numbers get closer to what your norm is, because we have a baseline on all these guys, you feel much more comfortable about it.

“But you have to get to that point. Straight-line speed is not football, unfortunately… He’s working toward that and I’ve never seen a person work as hard as he’s worked to try to create an opportunity for himself.”

Georgia hosts the Ole Miss Rebels this week in what will likely be the final chance for Bowers to play in front of a home crowd. We’ll have to see whether or not he’s able to make his return.