Georgia Football: See, Latest injury updates list in the Missouri game
Columbia, Mohd. — After a higher-than-expected win over a Mack opponent, the Georgia Bulldogs return to SEC play today and will be on the road to do the same.
1 Georgia (4-0, 1-0 SEC) is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET Showdown with Missouri (2-2, 0-1 SEC) at Forrott Field at Memorial Stadium. The Bulldogs are coming from a 39-22 win over Kent State; Missouri, meanwhile, is fresh off a tough 17-14 overtime defeat on the road against Auburn.
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart had a lot of positive things to say about Missouri in the lead-up to Saturday’s matchup.
“A team for which I have great respect,” Smart said Monday while discussing Missouri. “Whenever you go on the road in the SEC, we talk about it all the time, it’s hard to win on the road in the SEC and I have a lot of respect for Elia [Drinkowitz] for the work she has done. What Kiya Hai does aggressively and defensively. They do a good job. I’ve always thought a lot about the work he does aggressively and the issues he creates defensively, as well. This year, they have a bigger staff. They play physically.
“They played a really tough game against Auburn. A tough way to lose the game. But we’re looking forward to these guys being ready and going down the road in the SEC.
Georgia is looking for success against Missouri, as has been the case since the Tigers joined the SEC. The Bulldogs have won nine of their last 10 meetings against the Tigers, including a 43-6 win at Sanford Stadium last November.
The Bulldogs enter Saturday’s action with a number of players dealing with a wide range of injuries. Here’s the latest on each of those players as the Bulldogs prepare to take on the Tigers.
RB ANDREW PAUL
Freshman running back Andrew Paul impressed during his first fall camp as a Bulldogs, but he tore his ACL during the second scrimmage of the team’s fall. Paul was due to have surgery earlier this week as he turns his attention to his rehab.
Georgia run-game coordinator Dale McGee spoke about Paul in August and convinced him to come to Georgia.
“He’s a great kid from a great family. Very calm, and hardworking, so he fits the character of everything we’re looking for in our football players. We also needed another running back. We’re always on our side.” I like to put five on the roster. Our lineup is number six, but we’re shrinking that number because of the talent in the room,” McGee said. “He has family from Georgia, so there was a connection there. Here the tradition of running back speaks for itself. That tradition was developed long before I came here.
“Arriving there late in the months of December and January gave me the opportunity to get to know him and his family and give him the opportunity to get to know me – and what he wanted in goals and aspirations – that made coming to Georgia a perfect fit. ”
The Bulldogs had a real scare last Saturday when he appeared to be running back Kenny McIntosh took a shot to his knee in the fourth quarter of Georgia’s win over Kent State. Fortunately, the injury wasn’t as serious as it seemed if Mackintosh was helped onto the sideline.
Macintosh was among his teammates during the pregame warm-up and is all set to play tonight. How much he plays would be the question.
McIntosh spoke to members of the media on Monday and described the injury as a quadruple injury. McIntosh’s availability is important to Georgia as he ranks third among the team’s non-quarterbacks in total yardage this season (97 yards).
McIntosh said, “I’m going to be fine. You know, there’s a lot of ice baths ahead of me, that’s all. I’ll be straight.” “It’s bothering me a little bit, but [the defender] just took a shot at him. That was all. Just a little scratch. I’ll be straight.”
McIntosh has been a weapon through four games this season as a ball carrier and a receiver. Overall, he has taken 25 carries for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns and has also caught 21 passes for 227 yards. McIntosh was the team’s lead receiver for two weeks this fall.
Smart reported Monday that the Macintosh is expected to be available on Saturday.
“[Kenny] had the same thigh injury he already had. He kind of had a concussion in the same spot. But he thinks he’ll be fine,” Smart said. “He was fine after the game. He [Sunday] was fine. We can limit him a bit today, but we feel good about Kenny being able to go.”
WR Ladd McConkey
Georgia wide receiver Ladd McConkey had a particularly close game against Kent State last week, and after the game Smart explained that McConkey’s reps are a bit limited when dealing with a toe injury. Based on what Smart had to say Wednesday, McConkey hasn’t been as limited in preparing for Missouri.
Smart explained that McConkey had been limited in practice as a means of limiting his volume and said the wide wide receiver has been “much better” this week.
“We put him off for two days last week, and then he practiced for two days. It didn’t bother him much, so he was able to do everything on Monday and Tuesday,” Smart said. Did everything later in the week but not in the first week. So, he’s been very good this week and is getting a lot of treatments on it and trying to communicate with us in terms of GPS yardage and volume to make sure he stays a certain number of times.
WR Arianne Smith
Arianne Smith was on the field among other wide receivers during the initial warm-up for Missouri and was also part of the regular warm-up.
Before last week’s game against Kent State, Smith was dressed and went through the warm-up, although he never saw the field. Smart offered an update on Smith’s condition on Tuesday, saying he had practiced more than fellow wide receiver Eddie Mitchell (ankle) this week, before noting that the team was “still hopeful on both” in play. is enabled.
Smart gave a more detailed update on Smith during the lead-up to the Kent State game, although the Bulldogs’ head coach clarified at the time that there was no timeline for his return.
“Yeah, Ariane is coming back. He’s been able to run some weightlifting. He’s hitting some good pace. Hopefully, he’ll be back — we don’t know when he’s going to be back,” Smart said. It is doubtful that he is back this week. But he’s running back and he’s not 100 percent. But he is excited for what he is capable of. He’s not cutting and breaking. He’s on the AlteredG [treadmill]. He is getting better and you can see it in his eyes. He is getting healthy. We don’t know yet when he’s going to return.
Smart told reporters after the Bulldogs’ second scuffle in August that Smith had sprained his ankle. Smart did not offer a timetable for Smith’s return, although he ensured that Smith had not broken an ankle.
“The poor kid can’t catch a break, man. He’s hurt like he first came off a long jump pit jump. Then he had another injury in his sophomore year. He worked so hard to get back.” You know, he left track this year, and he’s an elite track runner — elite — and he left it so he can have a successful season,” Smart said in August. “We’re looking forward to getting him back, and he’s gone a long way and he’s such a good kid.”
After playing four games as a true freshman in 2020, Smith took the last catch in the first two games – including a 61-yard touchdown against UAB – before injuries ruled him out of five games. He played against Florida but did not record a catch before coming down with a 35-yard touchdown pass the following week against Missouri.
Unfortunately for Smith, he broke his leg in practice the following week, effectively ending his season and putting him on the road to a comeback.
WR AD Mitchell
Wide receiver AD Mitchell went through preliminary practice for Saturday’s game against Missouri as well as regular practice. We’ll see how much he plays tonight.
Mitchell warmed up during last week’s game against Kent State, but he wasn’t ready. In the end, the sophistication did not warm up with the rest of the wide receivers as the opening kickoff drew to a close.
Mitchell has missed the last two games for Georgia after suffering an ankle injury against Samford on 10 September.
Mitchell caught 5 passes for 69 yards and 1 touchdown in the Bulldogs’ season opener before sustaining an ankle injury in the game before scrimmage against Samford.
Mitchell caught his first two passes as the Bulldogs in the second game of the 2021 season against UAB, then earned the starting position from the third game, which he retained in 11 of the Bulldogs’ next 13 games.
Mitchell caught at least two passes and posted single catches in three straight games in six of Georgia’s next eight games following the UAB victory: the Bulldogs’ blowout wins over Charleston Southern and Georgia Tech, and the team from Alabama in the SEC title game. The defeat
Mitchell returned with a vengeance in the CFP semi-finals by making an 18-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter of Georgia’s win over Michigan. He one-upped himself with everything on the line in the national title game, as he made an excellent catch on a 40-yard pass from Stetson Bennett, which gave Georgia a little more than eight minutes to go into the competition. With one point lead.
DT Jalen Carter
Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter played only one snap — at fullback, no less — in the Bulldogs’ win over Kent State. This is the second week in a row that Carter was limited in game action after playing only 11 snaps against South Carolina.
Carter was among his teammates during the warm-up, so we’ll see how much he plays.
When asked about Carter on Wednesday, Smart said Carter is looking “much better this week” and is taking in a higher amount of practice.
Carter, considered one of the most talented defensive linemen in the country and a potential first-round draft pick in 2023, is coming out of a college football playoff in which the sophomore made six tackles in two wins with eight quarterbacks. And a blocked kick. The All-SEC second-team selection of coaches was played in all 15 games in 2021, making two starts, and ending with 37 tackles and 27 quarterback pressures, which bodes well for the second best on the team. He made three quarterback sacks, was third on the team with 8.5 tackles, blocked two kicks, and had a pass breakup.
Carter played 25 games in his third season, making four starts, a total of 51 tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks, a pass breakup, three blocked kicks and a 1-yard touchdown catch.