ATHENS — Georgia not only suffered its first loss of the season, but also had its first game with multiple injuries to key players.
The most prominent was receiver-kick returner Isaiah McKenzie, who re-injured his hamstring. That’s been a recurring problem for the sophomore, who tore the hamstring during this year’s spring game, then hurt it again during the preseason.
McKenzie has started at receiver and been the team’s leading kick and punt returner, but he was a non-factor on Saturday, not catching a pass and returning two punts for three yards.
Center Brandon Kublanow also left Saturday’s game with an ankle injury. Hunter Long finished out the game. Head coach Mark Richt indicated that Kublanow’s injury wasn’t serious.
“It was bothering him, and he just couldn’t push off,” Richt said. “We felt like he couldn’t get a lot of movement up front. We felt like we needed to get a guy who was healthy in there. He was just gutting it out, Kublanow was.”
Safety Dominick Sanders departed the game with a leg injury, but was not walking with a limp as he entered the postgame locker room. Richt also indicated it didn’t seem serious.
“I saw him after the game, and asked him if he was OK, and he said he was,” Richt said, adding: “But I didn’t talk to Ron (Courson, the head athletic trainer.)”