Georgia O-line commitment Benedict blows out knee

Georgia commitment Brent Benedict, one of the top offensive line prospects in the country, suffered what was described as a “catastrophic knee injury” in a game Friday night in Jacksonville.

Benedict, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle who stars for The Bolles School, reportedly injured the knee when he was simply running down the field to celebrate a touchdown during a 68-0 win over Yulee, according to a report in The Florida Times-Union. There was no contact on the play.

T-U reporter Carlon Hays quoted coach Corky Rogers:  “It seems to be about as bad as it can get. “It looked like somebody had shot him when he went down.”

Rogers said that Benedict is likely looking at 12-18 months of rehabilitation after surgery.

Neither Rogers nor Benedict could be reached Monday but I’ll update this post as soon as I hear back from them.

Benedict is one of the Bulldogs’ top recruits for 2010. He is ranked the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-best tackle in the nation by Rivals, ESPN and Scout, respectively.

Georgia has not had good fortune with its bluechip O-line recruits of late. Offensive lineman Austin Long of Memphis had back surgery last spring after signing with the Bulldogs as the No. 2 recruit out of the state of Tennessee. And starting tackle Trinton Sturdivant of North Carolina has suffered season-ending knee injuries each the last two seasons.

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Corrine Brown

October 19th, 2009
11:05 am

good luck in rehab young man

AlabamaRamblinwreck

October 19th, 2009
11:10 am

I really hope, for this young man’s sake, that the damage is repairable. I hate it for him and his family. God Bless young man.

This is one yellow jacket who is rooting for your surgery and rehad to go as well as it can. Keep your spirits up.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

October 19th, 2009
11:11 am

rehab…sorry.

Dale

October 19th, 2009
11:11 am

Brent, tough blow, keep fighting. Hope to see you on the field at Sanford someday. You’re still a Bulldog and we’re all behind you.

dawgster

October 19th, 2009
11:23 am

Waiting for Chip to say that Kiffin is on top of this and is headed down south…

dawgster

October 19th, 2009
11:26 am

Just a terrible injury, hope rehab goes well, he will be a great addition to the dswgs…Good Luck on your recorvery

Frank

October 19th, 2009
11:31 am

I hope the kid takes 24 months off from football to properly strengthen the knee and surrounding structural damage before jumping back in there. I am guessing, of course, but the injury itself must have occurred prior to the play. I have never heard of such a catastrophic knee injury before on a non-contact play. Hopefully, he uses the extra time away from the field to secure his non-athletic future. A tough blow for the kid to be sure.

MT

October 19th, 2009
11:34 am

situations like this should be reason enough for every recruit to consider playing for UGA… richt has show consistently that he will offer every single scholarship offer made on his end, no matter if the player gets injured and never even plays a down of college football.

Frank

October 19th, 2009
11:38 am

MT, I do like that CMR does always honor the scholly offer in these cases, integrity is really what he is all about.

ReptilesRule

October 19th, 2009
11:38 am

Man, you HATE hearing things like that about a talented young man with his whole future in front of him!! Best of luck Brent, hope you come back brand new and realize all of your dreams.

dap01

October 19th, 2009
11:43 am

If the AJC can just figure out how to mention Lane Kiffins name in today’s recruiting section, this story can be considered a success.

The SEC and ACC has 2 dozen other coaches but all we hear is what Lane is thinking about.

RonnieGarDner

October 19th, 2009
11:44 am

Just curious……why was this guy even in the game against a team they ended up beating 68-0. I would be interested in knowing what the score was when he was celebrating a score.Nonetheless, sad for the kid.

dawgster

October 19th, 2009
11:49 am

It just seems that the dawgs are snakebit when it comes to the O-line, and that is why some of our problems are showing up, this has been an ongoing problem for several years, and yes its true all teams are bitten by the injury bug, it just seems the dawgs have more than their share, its so disheartning for this young man and a blow for our team, but he just needs to hang in there and not rush back too soon…I wonder if anyone has any statistics regarding some of the other SEC top teams and just how many top tier recruits they have had, especially on the O-line and D-lines as has been the case with the dawgs…

toph

October 19th, 2009
11:55 am

We’ll be prayin’ for you Brent! Go get that knee fixed and get some rest.

collegeballfan

October 19th, 2009
11:56 am

Tough. UGA seems to be hurting recently when it comes to the OL. But if he is that good, sign him & rehabilitate the knee. Maybe will contribute in 3 years.

collegeballfan

October 19th, 2009
11:58 am

dawgster – I do not have any figures, just memories. But it seems like Tech went through this a few years ago. And I remember Tennessee going through the same thing recently.

reebok

October 19th, 2009
12:01 pm

Tech fan here. Sorry about the terrible injury, young man. I hope your rehab is 100% and you are able to play successfully for Georgia.

dawgster

October 19th, 2009
12:10 pm

I think it it does say alot about what can happen to teams not living up to their billing, the coaches get bashed for not doing a better job of coaching or the talent level has dropped and they get blamed for that, but injuries as we can see do play a huge part on your success and especially at the O-line and D-lines, the skill players are a neccessity, but if you are weak up front on both sides of the ball it will show up and i truly believe this is the problem that other teams and the dawgs have experienced the last few years…you can recruit a top 10 class, but if they don’t get on the field the results will be seen, and i don’t care how good your skill players are they must have strong lines of scrimmage..

Vol in Suwanee

October 19th, 2009
12:14 pm

dap01 a young man is hurt and all you can say is something about the AJC mentioning Kiffen. You need to get a real life and keep your stupit thoughts to yourself. I hope and pray this young man finds strength to come back even stonger than before. Rehap it hard and long young man.

Supes

October 19th, 2009
12:22 pm

Get well soon, and looking forward to having you on campus in the future. One good thing about UGA and CMR is honoring their scholarship offers, so even if he never plays a down, he’ll be able to get a 4 year education at UGA.

Thanks to the classy comments by tech fans on this blog, it’s nice to see some civility between UGA/Tech fans once in a while.

dawgstephen

October 19th, 2009
12:30 pm

Alabamawreck and reebok…thanks for those words. Even though only written on a blog where the kid may or may not read them, still very nice of ya. Here’s hoping to the sucessful rehab of your backup QB Shaw as well. Always good to put aside what happens in November at a time like this.

http://www.dawgstephen.blogspot.com

Truth

October 19th, 2009
12:58 pm

Corky Rogers is a lying cheating techie.

B DAWG

October 19th, 2009
1:03 pm

FRANK!! Are you a Doctor? Why are you giving advise on how long to rehab this injury. Plus, an ACL injury is very comon in non-contact situations. Boss Bailey did it, DJ Shockley did it, Alber Hollis did it. Try to know what you are talking about! The kid will be fine. A long road ahead but not 24 months!

DUFFERDAWG

October 19th, 2009
1:12 pm

would like to add my thanks for the sincere get well wishes from the Tech fans….your class is definitely appreciated ! Wish there were more civility between the 2 sides on these blogs on a consistent basis….

Tom

October 19th, 2009
1:12 pm

B DAWG, this is more than “just” an ACL.

“Try to know what you are talking about!”

Sage advice, indeed.

Dawgtime

October 19th, 2009
1:14 pm

Brent keep your head up. The advancements in medical technology have been amazing. Listen to the doctors and your body. When you get to Athens, you will redshirt your first year. Spend that first year getting stronger, rehabbing, and focusing on academics. Very few true freshmen linemen start their first year. It will take time but don’t try to rush it. God bless.

hugedawgfan

October 19th, 2009
1:37 pm

cj

October 19th, 2009
1:42 pm

Keep fighing young man. See ya soon b/t the hedges!!

FantasTECH

October 19th, 2009
1:45 pm

I really hate to hear that this bright young man had this happen to him. I wish you the best. I will be praying for you and your family. Just concentrate and work as hard as you can and that’s all anyone can ask of you. I am sure things will work out.

Hey Dogtards

October 19th, 2009
1:46 pm

From a Tech fan – good luck with rehab and I hope to see you on the field soon (hopefully allowing Tech to sack Aaron Murray!!)

elviskl

October 19th, 2009
1:51 pm

I DONT WISH ANYONE ATTEMPTING TO PLAY FOR THE GA BULLDOGS ANY LUCK AT A RECOVERY…..I HOPE HIS KNEE STAYS BLOWED OUT FOREVER……..

I Bleed White and Old Gold

October 19th, 2009
1:53 pm

Another Jacket fan wishes the best for this young man!

JJ

October 19th, 2009
1:53 pm

Thanks to all the classy Tech fan comments…except “Hey Dogtards.”

JJ

October 19th, 2009
1:54 pm

Well, maybe I spoke too soon…

dog fan in covington

October 19th, 2009
1:54 pm

i am glad that they are some good tech fans on here it is about a players health before a win

EW

October 19th, 2009
1:55 pm

man what a bummer. here’s wishing for a speedy and complete recovery.

dog fan in covington

October 19th, 2009
1:56 pm

elviski you are a sick person who needs the lord i would never wish a bad thing on any one football is a sport that is all it is just a game

RTR

October 19th, 2009
2:06 pm

If karma existed “elviskl” would slip on some grease going out the back door of his Checkers night job while taking out the trash.

College football rocks

October 19th, 2009
2:08 pm

Gator fan here. I hate to hear about injuries. I have blown out both ACLs and know what he is about to get into. I hope he is able to heal completely and play between the hedges.
As many have said about UGA honoring his scholarship, it is great, but all of the schools will. If he cannot play he does not go against the 85 limit. But it does serve as a reminder that you need to get your education because you never know when the playing career is going to end.

BAMA STAN

October 19th, 2009
2:12 pm

12 NATIONAL TITLES – 21 SEC TITLES!!!

Hate reading about this young man getting hurt.

Wish you all the best – a full rehab – and your dreams one day come true playing in the SEC – and getting a great education.

Your life is just beggining – and you have a lot to look forward to!

ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cdawg

October 19th, 2009
2:13 pm

along with being a moron..it is obvious the ELVISKL…is an illiterate dumbass as well….BLOWED OUT?????

Not Disappointed

October 19th, 2009
2:14 pm

<————Die Hard Georgia Tech Fan here!

Get better young man. I hope you recover 100% for your health, scholarship, education and Football. "Get well sooon."

Clint

October 19th, 2009
2:24 pm

Hope it’s not as bad as it sounds for the kid. Football is secondary now, hopefully he can recover and just take hi time getting back on the field. CMR will honor the scholship wheter he plays or not so take your time young man.

Drunkdawg

October 19th, 2009
2:32 pm

Good Luck young man and hope to see you on the field again soon. As far as the haters like Elviskl, may he do what he does best and Blow One. Instead of blowing out a knee he will blow out his jaw since he has one in his mouth. Stupid Tard.

AZ Jacket

October 19th, 2009
2:35 pm

Chip, edit a few of these blogs and send to the kid. Let him know just how college football fans feel. Good luck on the rehab and hope to see you playing soon. Tech always wants UGA at their best in November. From what I hear your a fine recruit.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

October 19th, 2009
3:01 pm

ElviskI I Will meet you anywhere any time and crush your puny cowardly ass in to crumbs – you are disturbed and need help.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

October 19th, 2009
3:03 pm

Chip Tower seems to take pleasure in reporting this injury – how strange?

FDawg

October 19th, 2009
3:08 pm

Kid…good luck with your rehab and recovery.

It’s been a pleasure to read all the positive comments from supporters of all the different teams!

OrlandoDawg

October 19th, 2009
3:13 pm

Kids these days don’t read blogs, they’ll only see these comments on Twitter or that fancy myface

NG-Tackles

October 19th, 2009
3:15 pm

that’s very sad….good luck on rehab

….BUT…..you have two of the best tackles in the country playing for North Gwinnett this year and neither is even considered for UGA…..”Why ?” is the question