When you’re trying to compete in the SEC and make a run to the championship game, this is the last kind of news that you want to hear.
Star wide receiver Marlon Brown, the Georgia Bulldogs‘ second leading receiver, has sustained a devastating ACL tear that will keep him out for the remainder of the 2012 season and beyond.
Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt was the one who delivered the sad news on Sunday evening saying, “Marlon unfortunately has an ACL injury that will need surgery, so his career at Georgia is over. But we’re going to be expecting a full recovery.”
Brown had three catches this past Saturday against the Mississippi Rebels, amassing 116 yards and a critical touchdown.
Richt remained optimistic about the fact Brown could come back to play from this injury in the future, despite the fact that his Georgia career is now over.
“That’s just an injury that people recover from well and we know he’ll go continue on to his pro career because I think he was well on his way to having that happen for him.”
Ole Miss safety Trae Elston was the man who made the tackle on Brown in the third quarter of their game this past Saturday. Brown was immediately taken in for evaluation.
When team chaplain Thomas Settles was with Brown saying prayers with him, many didn’t even have to be told that Brown’s season had come to an end. The injury was confirmed by Richt in a teleconference on Sunday evening.
Richt, despite the downfall his team was handling with, was forced to deal with the reality of who will step in to replace Brown at the wide receiver position.
“Guys will probably just get more opportunities that were getting maybe few opportunities but still playing…and guys that weren’t playing will maybe get to get in there and get some reps and keep everybody fresh.”