Three Bulldogs don’t make Ole Miss trip due to injuries
Oxford, Miss. — Greetings from The Grove. Well, actually the press box at Mississippi’s Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. But I was just in The Grove, the legendary tailgating area in the center of the Ole Miss campus. I always make it a point to make a pass through there whenever I come here. It’s a truly beautiful campus with some great SEC traditions.
After my tour of the Grove, I spent some time on the field watching the Georgia Bulldogs warm up. Here’s a few things I found out before today’s 12:21 p.m. kickoff:
- Damian Swann did not make the trip. The sensational freshman cornerback from Atlanta, who made his first start last Saturday against Coastal Carolina, suffered a groin injury and was not going to play.
- Also not here is freshman cornerback Chris Sanders. He injured a shoulder during practice this week. So the Dogs will be a little thin in the secondary today. As it is, though, Sanders’ main duty was on the kickoff return team.
- That probably explains why Shawn Williams is starting at strong safety today. So his stint at “Mo” inside linebacker was just one week. Sanders Commings, who played safety while Williams was at linebacker, is expected to start at cornerback.
- True freshman Amarlo Herrera was announced as the starter, or at least first-team, “Mo” inside linebacker.
- Also, wide receiver Rantavious Wooten got into some sort of auto accident — as in car, not scooter — in the last few days and did not make the trip. He has a concussion, according to UGA spokesperson Claude Felton.
- As for those who did make the trip, offensive linemen Kenarious Gates (ankle) and Chris Burnette (knee) both are present. Gates will start at right guard after Burnette fell out with a knee injury this week.
- Isaiah Crowell is here and he’s wearing his rib protector.
That’s all for now. Stay tuned for updates.