ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech cornerback Reuben Houston returned to practice Wednesday, one day after a judge ordered him back on the team even though he is facing felony drug charges.
Houston, a two-year starter with seven career interceptions, had been suspended from the team since his June arrest.
The school did not allow him to talk with the media after practice, but coach Chan Gailey said Houston took part in all the drills, working with both the defense and special teams.
"He did all right. He remembered a lot," Gailey said. "He was in better shape than I thought he might be."
Houston might even play when the Yellow Jackets (6-3) face No. 3 Miami (8-1) on Saturday, a game that was postponed last month by Hurricane Wilma.
"I don't know if it will be this week because of how much he can get processed," Gailey said. "If he can process a lot -- he seems to be in great shape -- he might play more than I think he will."
The 22-year-old Houston was charged with taking part in a marijuana distribution operation based in California. According to a criminal complaint, he conspired to possess and distribute about 100 pounds of pot.
After his arrest, Houston was suspended from the team and from the school. While appealing those suspensions, he was allowed back into school and granted the room and board privileges given other scholarship athletes.
Athletic director Dave Braine said Houston's appeal was denied by Georgia Tech's student affairs office less than a month ago, forcing him to leave school. He took his case to court, and the school readmitted Houston but didn't allow him to rejoin the football team.
A Fulton County judge ruled Tuesday that the school's decision was "arbitrary" and that Houston should be able to play for the Yellow Jackets as long as he was allowed to attend classes. Braine criticized the ruling but said the school would abide by it.
"I've been told that we are to treat him like I would treat any other student athletes," Gailey said. "That's from the athletic director."