ATHENS, GA— Georgia escaped with a victory against Vanderbilt, but a few key starters suffered injuries.

 

BROCK BOWERS

 

There was no bigger name that went down with an injury than Brock Bowers. Bowers took a handoff on end-around play and suffered an ankle sprain while being brought down out of bounds. He punched the ground in frustration knowing he was done for the day.

Kirby Smart said after the game that Bowers underwent x-rays and they came back negative. They will not know the extent of the injury until an MRI is done back in Athens.

Bowers caught four passes for 22 yards today versus Vanderbilt. He also ran the ball twice for 11 yards before exiting the game. 

Oscar Delp replaced him as the primary tight end with true freshman Lawson Luckie right behind him getting much-needed playing time.

 

KENDALL MILTON

 

Kendall Milton has had an injury-plagued career so far at Georgia. This season he’s mainly been fighting through a hamstring injury and an MCL sprain on his left knee.

Smart said that last week’s game against Kentucky was the healthiest Milton has looked all season. Unfortunately, Milton exited the game against Vanderbilt after reaggravating that left MCL.

Milton was on the sidelines with a big knee brace on after having a productive day on the ground. He ran the ball five times for 53 yards and scored a goal line touchdown. 

Daijun Edwards came through as the main back with Milton out with 146 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown. Cash Jones also came up with a 57-yard gain to help run out the clock on the final drive.

 

XAVIER TRUSS

Xavier Truss got hit from behind while blocking on a run play. His ankle got rolled up underneath and never returned to the game. Same with Bowers, Truss underwent x-rays and they came back negative. He will also undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the ankle sprain.

Truss was already moved from left guard to right tackle to replace Amarius Mims, who underwent tightrope surgery on his ankle. Dylan Fairchild has served as the left guard for the past few weeks.

When Truss exited, true freshman Monroe Freeling came in as his replacement. Freeling (6’7 310) was a four-star recruit listed as the No. 6 offensive tackle and the No. 33 player overall in the 2023 class (via 247sports).

 

RELAXXXX…

 

The bye week could not come at a better time for the Bulldogs. Lots of players are dealing with minor injuries as we enter the second half of the season, so the Dawgs will have plenty of time to rest and recover.

There are SEC tough tests ahead right off the bye against Florida (4-2), Missouri (5-1), Ole Miss (5-1) and Tennessee (4-1). So, this is the perfect time for guys like Bowers, Amarius Mims, Milton, Truss, Ladd McConkey, and Roderick Robinson to get close to 100% in these next two weeks.