ATHENS — Isaiah Wynn’s knee injury forced Dyshon Sims into extensive playing time at left guard in Georgia’s 13-7 victory over Auburn on Saturday.
Wynn left the game with a knee injury with 5:48 remaining in the second quarter, leaving Georgia short-handed along the offensive front against Auburn, which entered No. 24 in the FBS in total defense and ninth in scoring defense.
Wynn, the starting left guard, had earlier moved from guard to left tackle to replace Tyler Catalina, who had left the game after being kneed in the shin on the first drive.
“(Wynn) is a great kid,” Catalina said. “He’s an influence in the locker room and I don’t know what’s wrong with him, but I know he’s going to try to get back as soon as possible. We’ll need him for the rest of the year.”
Catalina also was playing on a bad ankle that was injured in Georgia’s victory over Kentucky and Wynn was at left tackle on the Bulldogs’ game-winning drive against the Wildcats.
Georgia moved the ball well at times in Saturday’s victory, but had trouble finishing drives.
“It just came down to our execution and how we played,” Catalina said.
The Bulldogs had 343 yards of offense, but scored their only touchdown on Maurice Smith’s interception return.
“We harped on it all week at practice. Be physical,” Catalina said. “We knew how physical and how tough their defense was on a whole. That’s what we really focused on during the week and I’m excited to see our team went out and executed it.”
The line protected quarterback Jacob Eason despite Wynn’s absence. He was sacked two times.
Sims, a junior who has played in all 10 games this season, has extensive experience.
He played eight games as a freshman and eight more — including one start against Kentucky — in 2015 before this season.