Georgia left Athens on Friday, missing two key players for the foul and returned on Saturday with four more defensive starters.
The 5th ranked Bulldogs have won the slugfest, 14-3, with their inability to give the greater an advantage in terms of attack allowing the Wildcats to strike the UGA defense.
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The mistake was the absence of players George Pickens (upper body) and Kenny McIntosh (knee), both of whom were absent from the trip due to injuries encountered in the match against Alabama.
On Saturday, Jordan Davis, the 6-foot 6-pound, 330-pound, 6-foot-6, 330-pound-pounder of the Bulldogs̵7; All-SEC shot left the match in the first half with a upper body injury.
Davis, who was predicted by some to be an irreplaceable player in the defense, returned to the sidelines with his right arm slung for the second half.
Julian Rochester, a 6-5, 300-year-old student with 19 starts, was also forced out of the competition due to a knee injury, further undermining what was once a formidable defensive front for two seasons. solve over.
“It’s one of those games that are tough, tough, and can cost a lot in terms of deficiencies and trauma,” Smart said. “Every time we play them, it’s a physical fight.”
Georgia Safe Start Lewis Cine was also injured in the first half – in the same game as Rochester in the 8th minute of the second half. Cine suffered a left ankle injury.
Bulldogs also lose inside the Quay Walker linebacker in the game.
Walker started on behalf of senior Monty Rice, who missed out on training time during the goodbye week due to a leg injury that slowed him down in a 41-24 loss to Alabama on October 17.
Walker looked distressed neck / shoulder stinger injury at 9:38 in third inning. Walker himself left the field.
Later in the game, defensive defender Tyrique Stevenson was also left the pitch due to an injury.
Smart did not give any further updates on players’ injuries during the press conference following the match with Zoom.
“That’s what you have other players, they give us 85 scholarships, you have to use those scholarships, you have to get the next person up and get ready to play,” said Smart. “I certainly don’t know those people are physically ready, but they better be ready, because they will be playing at the SEC the rest of the way.”
Smart said that Pickens and McIntosh both practiced last week and was almost able to play in Kentucky, but he chose to leave them in Athens.
“Both are infatuated and we hope both will be able to return,” Smart said. “They practiced for the week, and we thought they should be able to walk, but they couldn’t. They wouldn’t be effective, so we took the others.
“They have to recover a lot and take a lot of time to prepare, and we hope to bring them back next week.”
Smart said he’s eager to watch the game movie to see how freshman Jalen Carter played to save Davis and Rochester, as well as freshman Nazir Stackhouse and freshman Warren Brinson.
“Naz has to play, he’s working very hard with the scouting team, I have to watch and see how he plays, and Warren Brinson has played more,” said Smart. “We have to get some help in there.”
The Bulldogs return to action next Saturday with their designated home game against Florida playing in Jacksonville.
Injury football list for Georgia
NT Jordan Davis, (upper body)
NT Julian Rochester (knee)
LB Quay Walker (Neck)
FS Lewis Cine (ankle)
DB Tyrique Stevenson (unspecified)
WR George Pickens (upper body)
RB Kenny McIntosh (knee)
WR Dominick Blaylock (knee)
DB Kelee Ringo (labrum)
WR Tommy Bush (concussed)
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