I don’t think I want to keep on beating this dead horse about injuries, but another thought popped in my head.
I think the widespread injury situation has caused a lot of damage to the season. Some of the more blood thirsty fans out there will say it is an excuse, but I think there is a lot to it.
Here is something I have heard a friend of mine say in regards to the injuries:
Yeah, but injuries are part of football and you have to have guys step in and make plays.
To the credit of the players and the coaching staff, they are not using injuries as an excuse. But I am a fan and I can do so.
Yes, injuries are a part of football. Every team has to deal with an injury at some point during the season. Georgia dealt with injuries at wide receivers last year. Alabama lost their All-American Safety Vinnie Sunseri.
But here is the thing I think is getting lost in the mass injury grave…Georgia already dealt with injuries this year and was able to do just fine.
How many teams could lose a dynamic, explosive playmaker like Malcolm Mitchell? He was one of the most explosive players in the SEC. He was injured on what, the 4th play from scrimmage for the Georgia offense? Georgia’s offense did just fine in his absense and scored 40 against Carolina and 44 against LSU.
Todd Gurley missed 3/4 of the LSU game. How many other teams could lose their starting runningback, much less the best runningback in College footabll and the best runningback to play at Georgia in 30 years, and still put up a win against LSU? Yet Georgia did so.
So, again, injuries are a part of the game. But I think it is only fair to point out that Georgia already had enough injuries to critical positions to last them a whole season.
The situation now is just unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.
So if you get a hold of a fan who says all the injuries are an exuse, remind them that our depth at skill positions in the first place is the only reason we were able to beat South Carolina and LSU.