ATHENS — When it comes to punting, it will be Brice Ramsey’s show the rest of the season.
Starting punter Marshall Long has broken his kneecap and will miss Georgia’s final three regular-season games and any bowl. That’s according to someone familiar with the injury, confirming news that was initially reported by Dawgs247.com and Ugasports.com. A team spokesman said Saturday he didn’t have any information about it.
It’s not clear whether Long injured the kneecap during practice or at another time. Head coach Kirby Smart should address it after Saturday’s game against Auburn.
While Long ranks 13th in the SEC in punting average, at 38.7 yards per attempt, he’s coming off perhaps his best game of the season. Long averaged 41.2 yards on his five punts at Kentucky, including two downed inside the 20, and Smart singled out Long for praise.
Ramsey has three punts this year, all in the Florida game, averaging 32 yards. The junior – and the team’s No. 3 quarterback – finished last year as the punter, averaging over 40 yards per attempt.
This is Georgia’s first known season-ending injury of 2016. The team has been pretty fortunate on that front. Starting defensive lineman DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle (ankle) is doubtful for today’s game, and receiver Jayson Stanley (foot infection) is also expected to be out.