Mark Richt addressed the media yesterday afternoon in his usual Sunday press conference to discuss what happened last weekend in Tennessee, and this coming weekend when Missouri comes to town. Considering the events of the game just played, the primary discussion was of course going to be that game, and the handful of Dawgs that suffered what appeared to be significant injuries.
For Justin Scott-Wesley and Keith Marshall, they didn't just appear to be significant injuries. They were significant injuries. Both players will miss the rest of the season after suffering torn ACLs, and unfortunately it's too deep in the year for a medical redshirt to save a year of eligibility. Marshall was off to a great start against Tennessee, having gotten 33 yards on 5 carries in the early going as he got more snaps with Todd Gurley out injured. Marshall's season ends with 246 yards on 56 carries with 1 TD, and another 111 yards and a TD on 8 receptions.
Scott-Wesley had been coming on strong of late, and his sophomore season ends with 16 receptions for 311 yards and 2 TDs. Junior Michael Bennett also suffered a knee injury during the game, but the extent of his injury is not known. He'll undergo arthroscopic surgery tomorrow (Tuesday) to determine what's wrong, and how long he'll be out. Exploratory surgery doesn't sound good, and he'll definitely be out this weekend.
Collin Barber had to leave with a concussion Saturday, and he'll be "day-to-day". Whether or not he handles punting duties, instead of junior Adam Erickson, against Missouri depends on how quick his head heals. Considering the emphasis on addressing head injuries, any doubt likely means he takes another week to get right but we'll know better as the week goes by and he has a chance to heal.
Richt said Gurley is also "day to day", but with the Marshall injury, it's hard to imagine he doesn't go this weekend. Richt says they won't rush Gurley though, and won't have their hand forced on his return because of the depth chart. Behind him are freshmen JJ Green and Brendan Douglas, who combined for over 150 yards and a TD after Marshall went down in Knoxville (with Douglas getting the TD and Green gaining 129 yards on the ground). Should we need to go deeper than that in the backfield, questions begin. Richt is likely hesitant to pull a redshirt off Orlando native AJ Turman unless he has to, which means walk-ons senior Brandon Harton and junior Kyle Karempelis will step back into the mix. The two were called on in 2011 and combined for over 300 yards with both averaging more than 4.5 yards per carry.
In the defensive backfield, Connor Norman has a "realistic shot" to be back this week, while Tray Matthews will just have to wait and see how his hamstring recovers as Saturday gets closer.
Missouri sits 5-0, and is ranked 25th in the AP poll (26th in the coaches), so this weekend will not be an easy one, and how healthy Georgia can be for Saturday could be the difference between a W or an L.