Kirby Smart calls on ‘Next man up’ and Georgia fans, injuries threatening championship quest

ATHENS — Attrition could prove the biggest hurdle for Georgia football to clear if the Bulldogs are to win their first national championship since 1980.

All-American transfer Tykee Smith was reportedly lost for the season on Wednesday on account of a torn ACL just days after he made his debut in a Georgia uniform.

The No. 1-ranked Bulldogs (6-0, 4-0 SEC) play host to No. 11 Kentucky (6-0, 4-0) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday before an open date.

Smart said earlier this season he didn’t remember ever having this many injuries, and the situation continues to worsen, challenging the team’s depth and development of players.

“It’s the next-man-up mentality,” Smart said. “That’s what we talked about all week. It’s going to be the next man up no matter who’s in. We had a lot of guys hurt and beat up including the quarterback.”


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