Freshman running back has potential injury, to be evaluated

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ATHENS — Georgia freshman Andrew Paul was one of the players who didn’t finish Scrimmage Two on Saturday due to an injury.

A source familiar with the situation said Paul limped off the field with an apparent injury and was expected to undergo testing after the Bulldogs’ second scrimmage at fall camp.

Kearis Jackson’s ankle/Achilles tendon injury was the most notable injury coach Kirby Smart mentioned on Saturday.

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The UGA ranks thin on the receiver with indefinitely speedster Arian Smith after ankle surgery early this month and freshman De’Nyland Morrissette tending a hyperextended knee.

Smart has expressed concern about the lack of depth on the position this fall.

The Bulldogs lost last season’s top receiver, Jermaine Burton, who moved to Alabama, along with up-and-coming sophomore Justin Robinson, who transferred to the state of Mississippi.

Georgia should get a boost from the return of a healthy Dominick Blaylock as Smart said he had some good plays on Saturday.

Paul’s injury is the second in a five purse-deep running back rotation as Smart has said Kendall Milton missed both scrimmages due to an injured hamstring.

Milton’s injury has elevated Daijun Edwards to No. 2 in the rotation behind starter Kenny McIntosh.

Smart had offered to answer any questions about injuries in his Zoom call after the scrimmage, but the media were not allowed to attend, so be aware that someone in the press corps was not aware of the injury until later.

Paul and fellow freshmen running back Branson Robinson impressed and raised eyebrows in Scrimmage One with strong runs.

“These two young guys are different,” Smart said after Scrimmage One. “They’re a little bit heavier, fatter, running behind their pads, and they probably won’t show up until days like today because they’re a little harder to tackle.”

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Paul was the more fluid and agile of the two backs, with Robinson standing out more because of how he looks as a weightlifter and his higher recruiting rankings.

The fact is that Clemson made a late push for Paul, whose 3-star rating was due more to his relative lack of fame than talent.

It is not known when Smart or UGA will provide an update on Paul’s injury.

Smart also didn’t provide an update on offensive guard Tate Ratledge, who suffered a late-season foot injury against Clemson last year and missed Scrimmage One this fall due to a turf toe, according to Smart.

The Bulldogs’ press schedule varies from day to day and is subject to last minute changes.

Smart usually provides an injury report with selected information when he speaks. There have been times when he has hidden information, probably for competitive purposes.

Georgia opens the season at 3:30 p.m. on September 3 against No. 11 Oregon, a game that worries Smart and his staff because of Dan Lanning’s knowledge of the Bulldogs’ staff and plans.

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It’s not uncommon for college coaches to hide injuries, unlike the NFL, which has a unified injury release policy.

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey briefly discussed the potential for a future injury report policy due to the proliferation of legalized sports gambling.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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