Apr 6, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs black team defensive back Tray Matthews (28) shown in action during the Georgia Spring Day Game at Sanford Stadium. The black team defeated the red team 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Should Defensive Injuries Cause Real Concern For UGA?


Normally when an SEC football team plays an ACC football team, it’s fairly obvious how the game is going to go. However, injuries to UGA’s secondary might make things a bit more interesting when the Bulldogs head to South Carolina to take on the most prolific offense in the ACC: Clemson.

Per Tim Tucker of the AJC:

“We just haven’t had enough healthy guys to really become as good as we can be,” Richt said after practice Friday night. “So it’s a concern right now. … It’s a problem. Playing Clemson probably does make it a little bit worse.”

Continuing the trend, safeties Tray Matthews, Corey Moore and Shaquille Fluker were sidelined or limited in Friday’s practice with various injuries — a sprained shoulder and a strained hamstring for Matthews, a sprained knee for Moore and a strained lower back for Fluker. Cornerback Sheldon Dawson, bothered recently by a bruised knee, also was limited.

“You said it: It looks banged up,” Richt said of the secondary. “You can’t get better if you don’t practice. You can learn some things watching walk-throughs (and) film study. But until you’re out there doing it, it’s just so hard … for us (coaches) to know what they’re getting, what they’re comprehending, what they’re able to execute.”

Whoever thinks this game is going to be an easy one for the Bulldogs is probably underestimating Tajh Boyd and the Clemson offense. Coming into the season, Georgia’s defense was the weaker part of the team, and given the weapons both teams have offensively it could very easily turn into a shootout:

I think Gritty Grinder has a good point with his comment and I do think Georgia will edge out Clemson but it is sure to be an exciting offensive game.

What do you guys think about Clemson upsetting Georgia? Is it possible?

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