KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — There were a couple surprises on Georgia’s travel roster, and it didn’t have anything to do with injuries. Or at least they didn’t seem to be.
The first is at defensive back. Georgia brought a horde of them, including Shattle Fenteng, who has spent much of the past two seasons in Jeremy Pruitt’s doghouse. Freshman Rashad Roundtree, who has played sparingly, also made the trip. So did other reserve freshman, including Deandre Baker, Juwuan Briscoe, Kirby Choates, Jonathan Abram and Rico McGraw.
But Devin Bowman, a fifth-year senior who has played in all five games, did not make the trip. There’s been no announced injury for Bowman, but he could have been hurt at some point. Or it’s just a coaching decision. In any event, he’s not here.
Meanwhile, Georgia will be thin on special teams this week – and not just because return specialist Isaiah McKenzie (hamstring) can’t play.
Place-kicker Marshall Morgan and punter Collin Barber are the only kick specialists here. Patrick Beless, the walk-on who got a field goal try against Southern, is not on the travel roster.
If something happens for Barber, then quarterback Brice Ramsey can step in. He booted a 42-yarder against South Carolina.
But if something happens to Morgan, it’s unclear what would happen. Perhaps Barber would get his first field goal try.