Georgia experienced an injury at the running back position, a spot it can ill-afford to have one at the moment.
Freshman running back Elijah Holyfield injured his ankle during Saturday’s scrimmage, The Telegraph confirmed. Following practice, Holyfield was given a protective walking boot, one that extends high up the leg, to protect the injury. A timetable for a recovery is unknown at this time.
Head coach Kirby Smart did not announce the injury during his post-practice news conference.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was the first to report the story.
The injury could be a huge blow for the Bulldogs, considering Holyfield is in line to potentially back up Nick Chubb in the season opener against North Carolina. With Sony Michel still unable to take many reps in practice due to an arm injury, Holyfield has received a lot of carries in practice. If both Michel and Holyfield are unable to play against the Tar Heels, Georgia could be down to Chubb, Brendan Douglas and Brian Herrien for the game.
Holyfield came to Georgia as the state’s top running back recruit. At Woodward Academy, Holyfield ran for 1,069 yards and 21 touchdowns. He had to sit out during the middle of the year due to a stress fracture in his foot, however.
Holyfield was rotating in with Douglas as the No. 3 running back during individual drills. He’s had a really good preseason by all accounts.
“I will say this, if you’re going to play a true freshman, one of the easiest positions to play is at running back,” Smart said in July. “You’re carrying the ball a lot, other than the protections, you can just do what you do instinctively. Whether (Holyfield’s) ready to do that or not, I don’t know. We’ll find out in fall camp. I know he’s excited about the opportunity. He’ll have an opportunity to carry the ball a lot in the first scrimmage.”