Georgia will already be without the services of defensive tackle Trenton Thompson this spring, as the big man has withdrawn from school to deal with some health concerns. Now it looks like the Dawgs’ defense will also be without the team’s top 2016 tackler, Roquan Smith. The rising junior from Macon County is expected to miss spring practice while recuperating from surgery on a torn pectoral muscle according to a report from DawgPost.com.
This is not new territory for the inside linebacker, as Smith missed reps during spring practice last year following wrist surgery. Given the experience Georgia has returning at the position, however, I think there will be enough bodies to have practice. And if Roquan puts another 95 tackles on the board in 2017 that would be cool, too.
An interesting thing to consider about this is that Smith has been pretty darn durable during the season despite his perennial offseason surgeries. The Montezuman played in all thirteen games last season and started ten of them. This after appearing in twelve contests as a true freshman. In light of his experience in Mel Tucker’s defense, I expect he’ll be fine by August.