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Breaking: Branson Robinson Out For Season

NCAA Football: CFP National Championship-Texas Christian at Georgia Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia’s already strained running back rotation has taken another hit, one it could ill afford. Kirby Smart announced this afternoon that sophomore Branson Robinson will miss the entire 2023 season after suffering a ruptured patella tendon.

The Mississippi native is expected to make a full recovery, but his absence is going to leave a gaping hole in the Athenians’ offense. Robinson pounded out 330 yards on 68 Carrie’s in 2022, scoring 2 of his 3 touchdowns on the season in the national title game. He had been expected to serve as a de facto co-starter with Daijun Edwards and Kendall Milton in an offense looking to spread the load.

That now looks like a tougher task. Edwards remains the most reliable ball carrier on the roster. Milton has shown flashes of brilliance but has also struggled to stay healthy. Redshirt freshman Andrew Paul had been expected to contribute last season before suffering an ACL tear in camp. He’s still recovering from that injury. True freshman Roderick Robinson now likely finds himself in line for significant snaps, as potentially do walk-one Cash Jones and Sevaughn Clark. I don’t think I have to say this explicitly, but just in case: when it looks like walk-on tailbacks, even experienced ones, may be in the three deep rotation when the meat of the SEC schedule arrives, that is suboptimal.

Here’s wishing Branson a full and speedy recovery, and the Dawgs no more of this type of unwelcome camp development.

Go ‘Dawgs!!!