Georgia Tech

Smelter not likely to play in ACC championship game

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech wide receiver DeAndre Smelter isn’t likely to play in Saturday’s ACC championship game because of a knee injury.

“I think it would be probably a reach,” head coach Paul Johnson said Sunday. “We won’t have an update until probably (Monday) when we can get further tests. It’s probably doubtful at best.”

Smelter was injured in the second quarter of Saturday’s win over Georgia. He had three catches for 44 yards and came up hobbling after being tackled at the end of a 17-yard reception.

“He’s been a really good player for us all year,” Johnson said. “He’s kind of been a go-to guy, and not only that, but he’s a really good blocker and is just a really good football player. If he doesn’t play, he’s a guy that we’re really going to miss.”

The former Tattnall Square standout leads the team with 35 catches for 748 yards and seven touchdowns.

“Our deal has kind of been, hey, it’s got to be next guy up,” Johnson said. “And we’ve played a lot of guys at that position. Micheal Summers, Ricky Jeune, Corey Dennis ... some of those guys that have played, they’ll have to step up.”

That trio has six combined catches for 41 yards and no touchdowns.

While Smelter is doubtful, Johnson said A-back Tony Zenon and linebacker P.J. Davis are expected to play. Both left the game early against Georgia.

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