Georgia tailback Kendall Milton limited by hamstring injury, RB room lacking depth

Georgia Bulldogs running back Kendall Milton (2) runs for a 51-yard gain against LSU Tigers defensive back Major Burns (28) during the second half of the SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. Georgia won 50-30. (Jason Getz /

ATHENS — Georgia tailback Kendall Milton will be limited the remainder of spring drills on account of a hamstring injury.

Milton, an explosive 6-foot-1, 220-pound back, had the highest yards per carry on the team last season, averaging 7 yards each time the ball was handed off to him.

Milton’s spring injury brings the Bulldogs down to two healthy scholarship running backs in spring drills, as Daijun Edwards has also been limited. Redshirt freshman Andrew Paul is still not completely cleared after the knee injury he suffered last year.

The injuries significantly increase the chances Georgia finds a tailback through the portal during the next open transfer period following spring drills.

The extent of Edwards’ injury has not been publicly disclosed by Coach Kirby Smart, who is not scheduled to meet with the media until Saturday.

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Milton’s injury was of the non-contact variety, per a source close to the situation, and it is not expected to slow him down in the offseason or fall camp.

Georgia sophomore tailback Branson Robinson and freshman tailback Roderick Robinson figure to get more work along with Sevaughn Clark and Cash Jones.

Milton is among the returning UGA skill position players up for preseason All-SEC honors and is expected to handle the starting duties at tailback in 2023.

Milton overcame a hamstring in the 2022 fall camp before suffering a groin injury against Auburn that sidelined him for two games in the middle of the season.

The Bulldogs were thin at the tailback position last season, too, leading to Edwards getting a bulk of the carries early.

The 2023 Georgia team did not scrimmage as expected last Saturday and returns to the practice field on Tuesday for the seventh of 15 workouts leading up to the G-Day Game on April 15.

Georgia football returning RB rushers

Daijun Edwards 140 carries, 769 yards, 5.5 ypc

Kendall Milton 85 carries, 592 yards, 7.0 ypc

Branson Robinson 68 carries, 330 yards, 4.9 ypc

Sevaughn Clark 7 carries, 44 yards, 6.3 ypc

Cash Jones 2 carries, 44 yards, 22.0 ypc

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