Georgia’s (4-1, 2-0) SEC and national title hopes are still (somewhat) healthy, unlike more and more of its players. Yes, Aaron Murray went 19-of-35 for 196 yards with three touchdowns and became the SEC all-time leader in career yards passing while leading the Bulldogs to a come-from-behind win over Tennessee, 34-31 in OT. But the toll of injuries to key starters continued to rise against the Vols.
“A lot of guys went down today and that hurts a lot,” Murray said. “We hit a lot of adversity all day long and we had to push through it, find guys to step up and guys stepped up, made some big plays for us.”
That’s true, but how long can Georgia continue to win with backups?
Running back Keith Marshall suffered a torn ACL after taking a hit from Tennessee’s Cam Sutton and will miss the rest of the season. Wide receivers Michael Bennett, Justin Scott-Wesley and punter Colin Barber were also knocked out of the game. The Bulldogs played the entire game without injured star running back Todd Gurley and safeties Tray Matthews and Connor Norman.
The misera-Bulldogs lost top receiver Malcolm Mitchell to a torn ACL during a touchdown celebration following the first play from scrimmage in the first game of the season. Scott-Wesley, also with a torn ACL, will not return this season. The team announced Tuesday that Bennett will return “at some point this season” following surgery on his right knee.
Gurley, who is still nursing a left ankle sprain, and Matthews are both doubtful to play this week.
Marshall Morgan, who kicked the game-winning 42-yard field goal, said after the game he was also nursing a knee injury.
“I hit it and I knew it was good,” Morgan said. “I was just thinking — I don’t know — I just kind of lay down because I saw people running at me and my knee’s already (been) hurting all game.”
What to look for in Week 7: Will Georgia have enough bodies left to hang with a dangerous Missouri team? The Tigers are 5-0, averaging nearly 40 points per game and have won their games by an average margin of more than 24 points. The Bulldogs’ defense is likely to yield points to Missouri. The question is: Does Georgia have enough left offensively to keep up?