After a stellar offseason, redshirt freshman Tate Ratledge saw his season come to an end in the first quarter of Georgia’s opening game of the 2021 season.
Ratledge suffered a foot injury that will require surgery, which will take place on Wednesday. Ratledge immediately went into the injury tent and spent the rest of the game on crutches and in a walking boot.
In the immediate, Georgia should feel comfortable in what they have with Ericson at right guard. He has starting experience at the spot, having played there in Georgia’s 2020 Sugar Bowl win over Baylor.
“Warren Ericson is doing awesome. We’re fired up about Warren Ericson,” Kirby Smart said of Ericson on Tuesday.
Prior to his hand injury early in fall camp, Ericson had been the expected starter at the center position. He filled in admirably against a stout Clemson defensive line.
The Bulldogs were able to keep JT Daniels clean for the most part, as he was only sacked once during the team’s 10-3 win. The offensive line also played a huge role in Georgia salting away the game on the team’s final drive. The Bulldogs were able to convert three third downs on the final drive, all of which came via the ground.
Georgia though did change its offense to negate Clemson’s defensive line, calling many quick developing plays so Daniels could get the ball out of his hands quickly. To that point, Georgia had just a single pass play longer than 20-yards.
“We gotta be a little more explosive, which is tough to do with what Clemson did today,” Daniels said. “They played a very conservative soft zone. They dropped eight a lot and did a lot of things they hadn’t shown.”