CHARLOTTE - Georgia will be without its most dynamic special teams player for the bowl game against Louisville.
Freshman Isaiah McKenzie, who has three return touchdowns this season, is suspended for the Belk Bowl, head coach Mark Richt said after Friday's practice.
"It's not an academic eligibility issue, it's not a drug issue or anything like that," Richt said. "It's more an in-house, taking care of business issue. But he'll be back in January. He'll miss this game."
McKenzie has brought back two punts and one kickoff for touchdowns this year. But he provided more than just home run-power, averaging 12.1 yards per punt return and 28.1 yards per kickoff return.
He also had seven rushes for 83 yards this season, including a 49-yard run, and six catches for 67 yards.
Strength in numbers
Georgia has two strength and conditioning coordinators at the moment: Joe Tereshinski is finishing up in his role while Mark Hocke, named the new head of the strength and conditioning program last week, is also with the team now.
"He's a very energetic guy," Richt said. "He's gonna have a very good plan, I know that. He's very excited about getting started."
But Hocke is only observing right now, not implementing any changes he will make.
"Right now it's just kind of a time to let the players be around him and him be around the players a little bit, get a little bit of familiarity with the guys, not try to change anything right now," Richt said. "Just finish out our season with the way we handle our strength and conditioning. And then he'll hit the ground running in January."