ATHENS — Georgia freshman David Marshall suffered a concussion earlier this week, causing him to miss Saturday’s game against Tennessee.
“That was tough because he is one of our better sub pass rushers, inside pass rushers, inside players,” head coach Kirby Smart said after Saturday’s 34-31 loss. “He was not able to go.”
Marshall, who has eight tackles and one sack this season, is on the smaller side (about 270 pounds) for a D-linemen, but makes up for it with speed that might have been utilized trying to get to speedy Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs.
Tennessee ended up rushing for 127 yards on 38 carries, so the Georgia run defense was pretty good. But Dobbs gained 47 yards rushing (he also lost 21 on two sacks), and extended more plays with his feet. Georgia’s two sacks came from linebackers Lorenzo Carter and Natrez Patrick.
Georgia will hope Marshall can return for next week’s game at South Carolina, especially if fellow defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter remains suspended.
Elsewhere on the injury front, freshman tight end Charlie Woerner didn’t play. He’s had what Smart called a “nagging” ankle injury, but could have played.
“It was more of a decision to go with a different personal grouping,” Smart said.