The Georgia Bulldogs had everything lined up perfectly for a terrific season. The schedule was easy, the veteran leaders were returning and it was easily one of the more talented ballclubs in the entire SEC.
Now, it seems like nothing can go right for Georgia, as the Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that starting defensive end Abry Jones is likely done for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury.
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Jones certainly wasn't a flashy player by any means, but he was productive. Despite missing some playing time already this year, the senior managed to rack up 17 tackles and generate four quarterback hurries.
The 6'3", 308-pound lineman moved well for his size, was great at stopping the run and could even chase down running backs and quarterbacks that tried to take it to the outside.
Can Georgia still win without Jones on the field?
Losing a starter is the last thing this team could afford, as the defense has yet to live up to expectations. Despite recently getting a few starters back from suspension, the unit is still ranked ninth in the SEC, has had a hard time pressuring the quarterback and hasn't produced many turnovers in the first seven games.
The Bulldogs also recently lost their top receiver in Michael Bennett, which hasn't been easy to replace either.
Garrison Smith will be the one that ends up replacing Jones and, although he is experienced, he isn't as quick as the guy he is replacing.
The Bulldogs are currently ranked in the Top 10 of BCS rankings and will play a game against the Florida Gators this weekend that will determine who comes out of the SEC East. While a victory is still not out of reach for this Georgia club, things can't get much worse for the team that looked so good before the season started.