Before Georgia faces LSU in the SEC championship game, the Bulldogs have an important non-conference game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
The Bulldogs go into the game in relatively good health as head coach Kirby Smart provided an injury update on some of Georgia’s struggling players.
Right warden Tate Ratledge did not play in the team’s win against Kentucky because of a subluxation. Smart clarified that it was a shoulder injury that held Ratledge back. He had started all 10 games for Georgia before the game against the Wildcats. Devin Willock got the start in his place.
“He probably could have left, but we wanted to give Devin a chance,” Smart said of Ratledge.
The Bulldogs were also again without AD Mitchell as he is still recovering from an ankle sprain he sustained against Samford. The injury lasted much longer than expected. Mitchell did not travel to either of Georgia’s last two games.
Smart added that while Mitchell achieved higher GPS speeds, they did not conduct team exercises.
If there is any consolation to be found, George Pickens saw his season debut against Georgia Tech last year after missing the previous 11 games with an ACL injury. Georgia was able to integrate him on offense where he made the difference in the college football playoffs.
The Bulldogs take on a Georgia Tech team who are suffering an upset win over North Carolina. This is the first time the two teams have met at Sanford Stadium since 2018, as the 2020 game was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Smart knows interim Georgia Tech coach Brent Key and what he stands for. The Georgia coach anticipates a physical rivalry game that could inflict some bumps and bruises on Georgia’s team.
“I respect the rivalry,” Smart said. “I’m looking forward to going to them and preparing for it. I look forward to honoring these seniors in class, a class that has a chance to be the most successful class that has ever had the chance to play in Georgia, and they’ve had a COVID year.
Smart also clarified that Nolan Smith’s surgery was a repair and that he will not be returning this season. Smith suffered a chest tear in the win over Florida
The game against the Yellow Jackets is scheduled to start at 12 p.m. ET, with ESPN broadcasting the game. Georgia’s SEC West counterpart LSU takes on Texas A&M this week. This game is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m.
Georgia soccer injury report for Georgia Tech game
- Andrew Paul (knee, out)
- CJ Washington (neck, out)
- Dan Jackson (foot, out)
- Earnest Greene (back, out)
- Drew Bobo (labrum, out)
- CJ Smith (ankle, doubtful_
- Nolan Smith (pec, out)
- AD Mitchell (ankle, questionable)
- Tate Ratledge (shoulder, questionable)
- De’Nylon Morrissette (knee/thigh, questionable)
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