Injuries are a part of college football. Players are going to get hurt and miss time because that’s the nature of the game. Great teams know how to prepare for injuries, as reserves have the ability to step in and contribute with no issues.
The Georgia Bulldogs haven’t had many injuries to deal with in 2015. However, the team did lose one big piece on offense that has had an effect on the entire team, and will continue to affect them for the remainder of the season.
Here’s a ranking of the Bulldogs’ most impactful injuries this season.
1. Nick Chubb Tears PCL
On the Bulldogs’ first play of the Tennessee game, running back Nick Chubb went down with torn ligaments in his PCL. He had surgery on his knee last week, according to the Sports Xchange, and he will be out for the rest of the season.
If there was one player Georgia could not afford to lose this season, it was Chubb. He led the Bulldogs with 742 yards on 92 carries and seven touchdowns last season. Those numbers were good enough to put him in the running for the Heisman Trophy, and he was a huge part of what the Bulldogs did on offense.
Because of the Chubb injury, Sony Michel is now the feature back, followed by Keith Marshall and Brendan Douglas. Michel is more than capable of being the No. 1 running back, as he has 508 rushing yards on the season, including 145 yards on 22 carries in the loss to Tennessee. However, not having Chubb running along with Michel makes the Bulldogs less of a threat in the run game.
2. Isaiah McKenzie’s Hamstring Injury
Wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie is a dynamic playmaker on special teams—he returned a punt for a touchdown against Vanderbilt earlier in the season. However, McKenzie was not available for the last two games because of a hamstring injury.
McKenzie is also a contributor on offense with five catches for 89 yards this season, but he’s been one of the best return specialists in the country with four total return touchdowns since 2014.
There’s a chance McKenzie could be back for this weekend's matchup with Florida, as he’s listed as questionable, according to Jason Butt of the Macon Telegraph. With the SEC East on the line for both teams Saturday, the Bulldogs will need to be strong on special teams. Having McKenzie back would make a big difference.
3. Jordan Jenkins’ Hip Injury
Georgia did not have linebacker Jordan Jenkins for the Missouri game due to a hip flexor injury. Jenkins has 29 tackles, three sacks and leads the team with 7.5 tackles for loss in 2015.
Despite not having Jenkins for the Missouri game, the defense only allowed nine points and 164 total yards of offense. However, Jenkins’ leadership will be needed when the Bulldogs play the Gators on Saturday.
The question is will Jenkins be ready to go Saturday?
According to Fox Sports, Jenkins has been practicing this week and should be ready for Florida. Having him back in the lineup will give the Bulldogs a much-needed boost after what has happened this month.