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Georgia star TE Brock Bowers making return vs. Ole Miss

ATHENS, Georgia -- Georgia tight end Brock Bowers started Saturday night's showdown against Ole Miss at Sanford Stadium in the All-American's return from TightRope surgery on his left ankle.

Coach Kirby Smart, speaking on the set of "College GameDay" earlier Saturday, had said Bowers would be a game-time decision but that he hoped to get back Bowers and offensive tackle Amarius Mims for the No. 2 Bulldogs' contest against the No. 9 Rebels. Mims, a preseason All-SEC pick, hadn't played since also undergoing TightRope surgery on his ankle in mid-September but returned Saturday as well.

"That's what we hope," Smart said of Bowers. "I don't know if he'll be 100%, but he's done a good job during the week working toward the benchmarks he's got to do. We'll see how he is. It's a game-time decision.

"I still don't know if we'll be 100%. We're hoping to get Mims back. With those things happening, we're getting closer on offense to where we need to be."

Bowers, a junior from Napa, California, was hurt in the first half of a 37-20 victory at Vanderbilt on Oct. 14. TightRope surgery, which involves using surgical thread instead of metal screws, is designed to accelerate recovery. The typical recovery time is four to six weeks. It has been 26 days since Bowers' surgery.

Bowers led the Bulldogs with 41 catches for 567 yards and four touchdowns going into Saturday's game. He had more than 100 receiving yards in three straight games before he was hurt.