Y’all remember when we played the SEC Championship with like 3 healthy guys in the wide receiver corps? That was 2019.
This, is 2020. And 2020 just farted in the general direction of 2019.
Dominick Blaylock, considered probably the current #2 pass catching option behind rising star George Pickens, is out for the 2020 season due to a torn ACL Wednesday. The official quote:
Sigh. Okay, the good news is that there’s a medical plan and the “full recovery” was thrown in quickly, leading one to believe it wasn’t multiple tears or something more serious. But it is the same knee that Blaylock injured in the first half against LSU last December. And there seems to be some question as to what activities Blaylock was cleared for. It goes to show the human knee is something we still don’t fully grasp - some folks come back after a couple of weeks post-surgery, some never play again. Personally, I’ve got some good thoughts going to Dom and his family.
So what’s next? Well, we do have a Pickens. And Demetris Robertson will be called on a lot more. Matt Landers and Tommy Bush will have more opportunity to shine. And Redshirt Freshman Kearis Jackson will be rotating in more. And this might change Todd Monken’s and Kirby Smart’s redshirt plans surrounding newly arrived Jermaine Burton and Justin Robinson, among others.
Zamir White will likely be utilized more out of the backfield, and I’m pretty sure we’ve all seen that James Cook can motion and get in the slot, so it’s not like there aren’t options. Yet losing Blaylock and his 12 starts from last season will be felt.
This is not the news I needed today. But considering the times, and considering we’re fans of the University of Georgia football team, are you even surprised? We’ll be back with more on this and the impacts. Feel free to vent, in the appropriate Dawg Sports manner, in the comments below. And as always...