Georgia LB Roquan Smith Could Miss Spring Ball

    An injury to Georgia's Roquan Smith could force him to miss spring practice. The linebacker is considered one of the Bulldogs' key players on defense.

    March 8, 2017

    An injury to Georgia’s Roquan Smith could force him to miss spring practice. The linebacker is considered one of the Bulldogs’ key players on defense.


    Georgia is one of the more intriguing teams in the country heading into the 2017 college football season, as the Bulldogs bring back a ton of talent from a 2016 squad that had its fair share of ups and downs in Kirby Smart’s first year as head coach.

    But the ‘Dawgs could be without one of their top defensive players when they kick off spring ball, as Dawgs247 has confirmed that inside linebacker Roquan Smith underwent surgery and could miss some or all of the team’s spring practice. While there have been no details provided regarding the kind of injury that the Bulldogs’ leading tackler from 2016 sustained, it did require a medical procedure to fix it. DawgPost.com did report, however, that Smith sustained some type of injury to his “pectoral” area.

    Spring ball for UGA is slated to begin sometime next month, although an exact date has not been set. The team’s spring game is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 22.

    This is not the first spring practice injury that Smith will have had to battle. He was limited last spring after having surgery for a wrist injury. However, he did run and go through drills while wearing a black, non-contact jersey for a good portion of spring ball.

    A full-time starter for the first time in 2016, Smith registered 95 total tackles (including five for loss), three quarterback hurries and a pair of forced fumbles in 13 games.

    With Smith being sidelined, look for junior Natrez Patrick and senior Reggie Carter to get increased reps running with the first-team at inside linebacker. Meanwhile, junior Juwan Taylor, sophomores Jaleel Laguins and Tae Crowder as well as freshman Monty Rice will battle for playing time behind Patrick and Carter.

    The Bulldogs return 10 starters on defense as well as quarterback Jacob Eason and one of the SEC’s top rushing duo in Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. So expectations are high in Athens for the 2017 season.

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