ATHENS — Georgia will have to do without its best return specialist for another week.
Isaiah McKenzie, who owns four career punt or kickoff return touchdowns, is still dealing with a hamstring injury.
“We don’t see McKenzie being ready,” coach Mark Richt said Tuesday at his weekly news conference.
That will make two straight weeks that McKenzie has been out with this hamstring injury. But it’s been a chronic one for the sophomore, who hurt the hamstring once last year, in this year’s spring game and then in the preseason.
Georgia did replace him well at Tennessee, as junior Reggie Davis returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown. Davis has also been working on kickoff returns, and that role will certainly continue.
Sony Michel, who is now the starting tailback with Nick Chubb out, will see his special teams role reduced, Richt said. That means Michel is unlikely to return kickoffs anymore.