This is not what any fan of Georgia Football wanted to hear.
The news coming down Thursday concerning wide receiver A.J. Green being suspended for four games is coming right before Georgia’s huge early season matchup with South Carolina.
The reason Green has been suspended is for selling his Independence Bowl game jersey for $1,000 to a person who is considered to be an agent. Green has sat out the season opener last week against Louisiana-Lafayette due to the allegations and will out the next three games which are South Carolina, Arkansas and Mississippi State.
So what does this do to the Georgia offense? Last week didn’t affect them that much because Lafayette had no answer to what quarterback Aaron Murray was throwing at the Ragin Cajuns. This week will be different because Murray will go up against a South Carolina defense that is always aggressive.
As far as Arkansas and Mississippi State goes, both teams like to put a lot of points on the board and Georgia is going to need all the firepower available for those two games.
With that said, who is going to step up in these games while Green serves his suspension? Kris Durham is the likely candidate to take charge, as he had a solid outing against UL-Lafayette with five receptions for 83 yards and one touchdown.
Tavarres King, who is coming off a one-game suspension will likely see more balls thrown his way the next three weeks.
Former quarterback Logan Gray played solid last Saturday and should see more snaps against South Carolina. But one thing to look for in the next few weeks is for Murray to distribute the ball all over the field like he did on Saturday, finding 10 different receivers.
So expect receptions from tight ends Aaron White, and Orson Charles along with fullback Fred Muzenmaier and utility man Branden Smith
Green will be missed and with him gone, winning a SEC East title has gotten more difficult. Whenever a team loses a player such as Green, not only the rest of the receiving corps has to step up, the entire team has to do everything it can in order to win.
The length of the suspension did catch the UGA coaches and players off guard and it maybe a little unfair. But if Georgia wants to be an elite team and win the SEC East and the SEC Championship, they will have to fight through this because good teams fight through adversity.
And with a head coach Mark Richt leading the way, Georgia will be able to get though this with little damage.