Kirby Smart blunt in assessing Georgia football practices: ‘It’s about surviving fall camp’

The reason Darnell Washington didn’t have the season many thought he would last year had almost nothing to do with Washington’s abilities.

The 5-star tight end began the year with much hype after an encouraging finish to the 2020 season. With a full year in Georgia’s strength and conditioning program, Washington entered last August in better shape than when he arrived as a freshman. He seemed like the kind of player who would burst onto the scene as a sophomore and greatly impact Georgia’s passing offense.

But Washington suffered a foot injury during fall camp. The injury required surgery and Washington didn’t make his debut until October. By that point, Brock Bowers had full emerged at that point as Georgia’s top receiving tight end, moving Washington into a supporting role. He finished the year with only 10 catches in 11 games and just a single touchdown.

Washington is far from the first player to have their season sidelined by a fall camp injury. Kearis Jackson similarly never got going after missing a chunk of time last August to recover from offseason knee surgery.


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