So, Georgia was forced to do a bunch of shuffling on the o-line because of injuries.
Part of the reason for the sub-standard performance can be chalked up to injuries. Starting left guard Justin Shaffer exited the game with a neck injury that will also keep him out this week as well. Solomon Kindley came in for Shaffer only to exit the game when he suffered another injury to his ankle. Smart indicated Kindley will likely be able to go this weekend but it’s not known how healthy he’ll be.
Smart added that Ben Cleveland is also battling injuries. That all explains why Georgia played three guys at left guard and three guys at right guard on Saturday. And that kind of turnover makes things difficult for the group.
“That kind of turnover throughout one game is pretty tough,” former Georgia All-American Jon Stinchcomb said on Monday’s episode of DawgNation Daily. “That turnover in the front proved to be really problematic. An area of strength and I’m as guilty of this as anyone of saying this Georgia offensive line is elite, and they certainly have to potential to be. But they were not on Saturday.”
Smart made it very clear that the reason for the constant rotation was due solely to the injuries and not ineffective play.
Okay, fine, I guess, but you know who wasn’t involved in Shuffle City?
Kinlaw absolutely abused Hill on that play and singlehandedly blew it up. That was on Georgia’s second series of the day. There would be more of that to come.