Orwin Smith injury: Georgia Tech RB held out of practice again Wednesday

Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE

The Jackets' leading rusher is nursing an ankle injury.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets held injured running back Orwin Smith out of practice Wednesday, and his status for the 2012 ACC Championship game remains up in the air. Smith injured an ankle against Duke on Nov. 17 and had to sit out the Jackets' game against Georgia last Saturday. Head coach Paul Johnson says Thursday's practice will determine whether or not Smith can return to the field this weekend.

"We’ll know (Thursday)," Johnson said. "If [Smith] doesn’t practice (Thursday), he won’t play."

Smith leads Georgia Tech in rushing yardage despite being fifth on the team in carries, and he has scored five touchdowns this season. His nine yard average per carry is tops among the Jackets' primary ball carriers.

Smith is also a primary receiver for the team and has 17 receptions for 271 yards; both marks rank second on the team.

The Yellow Jackets face the Florida State Seminoles in the ACC title game this Saturday.

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