On Sunday afternoon, Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt released some devastating, if not unsurprising, news on two of his offensive skill players.
Mark Richt: Georgia WR Justin Scott Wesley and RB Keith Marshall both out for the season.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) October 6, 2013
It has been confirmed that both RB Keith Marshall and WR Justin Scott-Wesley suffered torn ACL’s in yesterday’s 34-31 win over Tennessee, and usually, that injury carries a 1-year recovery time.
For Marshall, this was the worst-case scenario, but also the one that most expected after he left the game with a brutal-looking injury. The young man will have two years of remaining eligibility when he returns, but his loss is a big-time blow to the 2013 version of the Bulldogs. He has 246 yards and 1 touchdown this season as a backup to Todd Gurley, but as a freshman, Marshall generated nearly 800 yards on the ground while forming the best 1-2 tandem at the running back position in college football.
Scott-Wesley isn’t quite the high-profile injury that Marshall is, but his loss could be felt just as significantly. The sophomore from Camilla, Georgia already has 311 yards and 2 touchdowns this season, and there is no Todd Gurley to take the focus off of Scott-Wesley’s absence at the wide receiver spot. Fortunately, the Bulldogs are super deep on the outside (as they displayed on Saturday), but Scott-Wesley likely presents the highest upside of any wide-out, and that’s a big loss.
Injury updates on guys like Gurley and Michael Bennett will likely surface in the coming days, but with the shoe dropping on Marshall and Scott-Wesley, it’s a somber day in Athens. Alas, the Bulldogs are still poised for a potential run toward the conference and national championships, and the cupboard is far from bare.