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“Burton screamed in pain… and had to be helped off the field.”

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— You can’t get players hurt in spring practice if you don’t have spring practice.

The football gods are screwing with us now.

Georgia wide receiver Jermaine Burton suffered a knee hyperextension in practice on Tuesday and had to be helped off Woodruff Practice Fields.

The injury was confirmed by Chris Claiborne, Burton’s coach at Calabasas (Calif.) High School. It was characterized by him and others who have been in contact with Burton as “not too serious.” However, he is expected to miss the rest of spring practice.

No other information was immediately available.

It could have been worse, and I’m glad he’ll be back, but, damn, maybe they need to put the receivers in bubble wrap for the rest of the spring.

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UPDATE:  Breathe.

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Kirbs just can’t quit you, George.

When it comes to your best receiver, hope is still the best of things.

“Obviously I think that there’s a chance he’s back in 2021. We’ve had kids that have had ACL injuries – I liken it to Divaad, he got his when he first got here, it was the third day of spring practice. He didn’t know our defense, but he was going to help us, and he came back. I think he was cleared somewhere around Florida week, but the issue with Divaad is that he didn’t know the defense. The difference with George is that he knows most of the offense, he’s played longer, he’s a little bit older. But all that’s going to be dictated by Ron (Courson). We’re not concerned with that right now. What we’re concerned with is a great surgery, a great rehab. He’s got a long career ahead of him, so that’s going to be a situation where the doctors make that medical decision. I can assure you this, nobody in the country has had as many ACLs that they’ve had to work with – I’m not talking about because we have a lot of them, I’m talking about it because Ron Courson’s been here since I was here. That’s a long time. So he’s seen a lot of ACLs, and the names that he has rehabbed is pretty impressive. I know when NFL execs start talking about where did you do your rehab, that’s one of the most critical factors – I reached out to Hines Ward and talked to him for a little while, he’s a receivers coach in the NFL – the first thing he said is, ‘The No. 1 thing everyone wants to know is where do you do your rehab at,’ Well, if you do it at Georgia, it’s super credible, it’s done the right way, and we’ve got more ways to help George back to himself than anybody. The timeline of that, who knows? That’s not concerning to me right.”

Man, there’s a lot going on there in that quote — Smart talking to Hines Ward? — but, bottom line, if we see Pickens suit up in the SECCG, they need to erect a statue to Ron Courson.

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Today, in why we can’t have nice things

Argh, just argh…

Yeah?  So what’s the bad news?

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UPDATE:  Subtle, George.

Screenshot_2021-03-24 George Pickens, social media react to news of ACL injury

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“He out indefinitely.”

Spring practice fells Kenny McIntosh.

Guess that puts a damper on getting that pass pro worked on.  Hope he’s back sooner rather than later.

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UPDATE:  Mike Griffith has more.

McIntosh will not require surgery, and it is expected he’ll be cleared to return to full training activity in a month.

Saturday was Georgia’s first day in full pads and with full contact. McIntosh’s injury was a result of him putting his hand down to brace himself, and the elbow popping out of join before it was popped back in.

The typical recovery for a dislocated elbow of this variety — no torn ligaments or broken bones — is 4 to 6 weeks.

Could have been worse, that’s for sure.

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Meanwhile, in Knoxville

If it’s not shower hygiene, it’s COVID positives.  Always something with those folks.

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MIA, spring practice edition

Quite a few Dawgs won’t be making much of an appearance, if at all, this spring.

Dominick Blaylock and Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint, two receivers who expected to be a big part of Georgia’s rotation next fall, aren’t quite going to be up to speed yet after surgeries last fall. Last September, Blaylock tore the ACL in the same knee that knocked him out of the 2019 SEC Championship game against LSU. Rosemy-Jacksaint suffered a lower-leg fracture in the Florida game last November.

“Both of those guys are able to run straight-line and are beginning to increase their workload,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said two weeks ago. “They have to work separate. But they are increasing speeds and they’re right on schedule for where they need to be.”

Also recovering from a knee injury is defensive tackle Julian Rochester, who is attempting to make a return for a sixth season. He obviously won’t practice this spring.

Shoulder injuries make up the longest list of ailments on Ron Courson’s rehab list. Inside linebacker, perhaps not surprisingly, was hit particularly hard. Junior Nakobe Dean and redshirt sophomore Trezman Marshall are both recovering from offseason labrum procedures. But also recovering from shoulder surgeries are redshirt sophomore tight end Ryland Goede, redshirt freshman cornerback Kelee Ringo and true freshman offensive lineman Micah Morris.

Also affecting depth at linebacker is the anticipated absence of heralded signee Xavian Sorey. The 5-star prospect out of Florida’s IMG Academy had foot surgery in late January and is not expected to get much team work.

I guess you could say Ron Courson will be getting his spring reps in, too.

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Is the dead period dead?

Not yet, exactly.

The NCAA Football Oversight Committee will recommend this week that the dead period transition to a “quiet period” on June 1, CBS Sports has learned. During a quiet period, college football programs can host recruits on campus and conduct camps.

As Dodd notes, by June 1, face-to-face recruiting will have been prohibited for 14 ½ months.  How can coaches do their best evaluating kids and vice versa under those conditions?

That being said, there’s no guarantee that the NCAA Council will agree to the change.

I’ll say it again — if conditions are safe enough to play games, they’re safe enough to invite recruits and their families on campus.

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“I think we will be back toward normal. That is different than back to normal.”

Greg Sankey, in his inimical, yet ambiguous, style, clues us in on what to expect this football season.

Sankey shared his thoughts on a range of subjects in advance of the SEC men’s basketball tournament, which begins in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena on March 10. But while basketball was the primary focus, the commissioner looked ahead six months to the beginning of 2021 football season.

Thirteen of the 14 SEC teams have a season-opening game scheduled for Sept. 4. Mississippi is slated to play Louisville on Sept. 6 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game in Atlanta.

Sankey indicated it is possible the coming season could be affected in similar ways to the 2020 season. The SEC shifted to an all-conference schedule and did not start until Sept. 26 last season. Some games were postponed due to COVID-19 cases and contact tracing within programs. Four teams only played nine of 10 scheduled games.

“Some of the adaptations we had to put in place last year may have to remain,” he said. “Maybe not as dramatic as having to play conference-only football, but the potential for disruptions and readjustments of schedules may be there. The potential for having to continue to swab our nose.”

“There is a light at the end of this tunnel, but we are not done. We are not at the finish line. I want to be at the finish line more so than anyone, I think. I think the first step is to recognize we don’t know when it will fully end. …

“If we can get through this continuing decline in the COVID rates to a place where it is manageable, perhaps that toward normal is more like back to normal.”

Translation:  we need the money, so we’re playing all the games we can.  Unless we can’t.

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All in, in College Station.

Full speed ahead at Texas A&M:

Texas A&M officials are planning for a full Kyle Field for the 2021 football season, athletics director Ross Bjork said Tuesday on his monthly Facebook Live town hall meeting.

“Our approach as we sit here today on February the 23rd is that we will operate at full capacity, that we’ll have full stadiums,” he said. “We’ll have the full experience. We’ll have the Aggie band back on the field. We’ll do all the things that we normally do.”

He’s not being stubborn or insane — “If we have to pivot, we know we can,” Bjork said. “The virus will dictate.” — he’s merely being aggressive in making plans.  I’ll be curious to see how quickly any of his peers jump on the bandwagon.  Or if Sankey feels a need to weigh in.

Interestingly enough, four of the top five highest attended college football games last season were played at Kyle Field.  Sounds like there’s plenty of pent-up demand.

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G-Day, and butts in the seats

The plan is about what I expected.

As for FY 2022, which runs from July 1 of this summer to June 30, 2022, UGA’s financial picture will be dictated by whether a full football schedule will be played before capacity crowds. They’re tentatively planning on full stadiums.

“We’re going to be ready for that,” Brooks said. “But we can’t commit to a budget until we know where we sit next fall. So, we’re going to have to play a lot of that by ear. But we’ve proven we can pivot quickly, and we’ll adjust from there if needed.”

At least for the April 17 G-Day intrasquad game, Georgia is planning for the same limited-season, socially distanced plan that it utilized last fall. That allowed for 20,524 spectators in the 92,746-seat stadium.

By “tentatively”, they mean “unless the pandemic puts a gun to our head, we’re filling the damned stadium, thank you very much.”  Let’s hope the science keeps up with the game plan.

As far as G-Day goes, well, the devil’s in the details.  I can’t imaging they’re planning on handling the crowd on the basis of first-come, first-served, so that leaves either a random lottery or some sort of ticket purchasing plan to cover allocation.  As a side issue, is the school ready to tolerate tailgating in some form or fashion this spring?  Stay tuned.

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