Another week, another injury to a key Georgia linebacker.
Christian Robinson will miss “at least a couple” of games with a foot injury sustained in Saturday’s loss to South Carolina, UGA coach Mark Richt said Sunday.
The injury, coming one week after Alec Ogletree suffered a broken foot in the season opener, leaves Georgia (0-2, 0-1 SEC) without both of its starting inside linebackers.
Compounding the problem, inside linebacker was probably the thinnest position area on Georgia’s defense and the one at which the team was least equipped to withstand injuries.
“We’ve definitely got a challenge at the linebacker position right now,” Richt said.
Ogletree, who underwent surgery last week, is expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks. Richt did not have medical details on Robinson’s injury — he suggested it might involve a hairline fracture — but said it is not as severe as Ogletree’s.
The first names Richt mentioned as candidates to fill in for Robinson in the next two games — Saturday at home against Coastal Carolina and Sept. 24 at Ole Miss — are from the same trio that competed last week for Ogletree’s spot: junior Michael Gilliard, freshman Amarlo Herrera and senior walk-on Jeremy Sulek. Herrera started against South Carolina, but all three played.
Richt suggested that freshman Ramik Wilson or perhaps Chase Vasser might shift from outside linebacker to get some work at the depleted inside position. Moving Richard Samuel back from tailback to linebacker, or moving Jarvis Jones from outside linebacker to inside, are not wise options at this point, Richt said.
“You might weaken two spots if you take Jarvis away from what he’s doing and put him inside,” Richt said.
Robinson’s position is the on-field leader of Georgia’s defense, and “somebody is going to have to really get in there and be able to handle a lot of the communication issues,” Richt said.
Robinson, a junior, had a team-leading eight tackles Saturday before being injured late in the game. He was unable to play on the Bulldogs’ final defensive series. He was in the locker room afterward with a bag of ice on his left foot.
Among other topics Richt discussed Sunday:
– Tim Tucker, UGA blog