Georgia is going to continue its search for reliable receivers when it takes on Baylor in the Sugar Bowl. That sifting investigation will not include freshman contributor Dominic Blaylock. Blaylock went down with an injury in the first half of last night’s SEC championship game and Jeff Sentell of the AJC’s DawgNation today reported that Blaylock suffered a full ACL tear and will not be available for the bowl.
For those scoring at home, that means the Bulldog receiver rotation will be missing its second (Lawrence Cager) and fourth (Blaylock) leading receivers. Freshman George Pickens and junior Demetris Robertson are the likely starters along with junior Kearis Jackson and senior Tyler Simmons (though Simmons is always a threat to drop, amirite?). Matt Landers should also see his most significant action of the season.
It will also be interesting to see if any of the younger receivers who haven’t cracked the rotation (Trey Blount, Tommy Bush, Makiya Tongue) get a chance to shine and build some momentum for next year in much the way Eric Stokes did on defense last year in Deandre Baker’s absence.
All indications are that Blaylock will be cleared to play by the start of fall camp 2020. That’s great news in light of his strong second half of 2019, both as a receiver and punt returner. Until later...