ATHENS – Georgia is going to be down at least two of its top offensive linemen today against UMass.
Senior Kendall Baker and freshman Cade Mays, both of whom have either started or played at right guard this season, were not among the 100 UGA players dressed out for today’s game. Baker suffered a knee injury against Auburn last Saturday, and Mays has been battling a “stinger” in his shoulder/neck area for the past couple of weeks.
That means either Ben Cleveland, Justin Shaffer or Trey Hill will likely get the call to start this afternoon. Cleveland, a 6-foot-6, 340-pound redshirt sophomore, is the regular starter there, but has been sidelined most of the last seven weeks after breaking the fibula bone in his right leg against Missouri. Cleveland played some on the offensive line in the fourth quarter against Auburn last Saturday while also getting some reps on special teams.
Georgia linebacker Monty Rice is a game-day scratch, wearing a boot on his lower left leg. Rice overcame a sprained knee earlier this season and was a designated captain for the UMass game.
Some good news on the injury front is wide receiver Demetris Robertson is dressed out and going through pregame warmups. Robertson, a ballyhooed transfer from Cal, was a 5-star prospect coming out of Savannah Christian. He hasn’t played in the last three games because of an undisclosed injury (allegedly a concussion, but unconfirmed).
Defensive tackle David Marshall (foot) remains sidelined.
In other lineup news, redshirt freshman Eric Stokes was indeed announced as the starter at left cornerback for the Bulldogs. He replaces freshman Tyson Campbell, who he relieved in the Auburn game after Campbell struggled again in pass coverage.