ATLANTA - Georgia lost its only senior starter, defensive lineman Garrison Smith, to an ankle injury in the first half. The severity wasnt known, and it wasnt clear on what kind of play it occurred.
But defensive coordinator Todd Grantham had an interesting answer when asked if he thought it might have happened on a chop or cut block.
Weve lost a D-linemen the last three years, so Im not sure what happened, Grantham said.
Last year Georgia lost Mike Thornton to an injury, and two years ago they lost DeAngelo Tyson. Georgia Tech is known for its cut-blocks, which are legal, but opponents often allege the play
The only illegal block call on Saturday came against Georgia: Right tackle John Theus was whistled for a block below the waist, negating a Todd Gurley touchdown.
Smith just joined a long list of defensive injuries. Two starters missed the game: Safety Tray Matthews (shoulder and hamstring) didnt even make the trip, and cornerback Shaq Wiggins (concussion) made the trip but was not in uniform.
Then safety Quincy Mauger hurt his knee in the fourth quarter on Josh Harvey-Clemons interception. Richt wasnt sure if it would require surgery.
Were not gonna make excuses for guys with injuries and guys like that. You just take the guys youve got and you keep playing hard and you find a way to win the game, Grantham said. The guys that were available stepped up and did the things that weve gotta do to win the game. Well get the other guys back and healthy and see what weve got from there.