Before No. 2 Georgia faces the LSU Tigers in Tiger Stadium Saturday, catch up on a few of the most important stories to come out of football practice this week.
Defensive line shuffling
A handful of injuries plague the defensive line for the upcoming matchup against LSU.
Defensive lineman David Marshall was not seen at practice during the week, and Smart said he suffered a left foot injury against Vanderbilt. Defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt missed the game against Vanderbilt due to injury, but head coach Kirby Smart is hopeful for his return. Smart also said defensive tackle Daquan Hawkins-Muckle is “out right now,” with the specifics of the injury unknown.
The absence of these three will require other defensive lineman like Malik Herring and Jay Hayes to fill the holes on the front line. The defensive line has seen increased contributions on the defensive line from freshman Jordan Davis, who has seen action in four of the six games this season. His biggest contribution was his two tackles against Vanderbilt, with a fourth-down stop to force a turnover on downs, but Smart said he needs to improve in order to be a dominant force for the defense.
The depth on the line will allow Georgia to still face off against LSU’s offense with a strong defensive line, even with the absence of Marshall, Wyatt and Hawkins-Muckle.
Return of Solomon Kindley
Offensive lineman Solomon Kindley practiced throughout the week leading up to Georgia’s matchup against LSU. Kindley suffered a mild MCL sprain, Smart said, in last week’s game against Vanderbilt.
Smart said he was hopeful Kindley could play on Saturday, as the injury was not as serious as previously thought. Kindley played in 15 games during the 2017 season with seven starts at right guard. He transitioned to left guard in the 2018 season and has started all six games.
Test for run defense
The Tiger run game averages 190 yards per game. LSU is tied with Texas A&M with the most rushing attempts in the SEC at 257. With a combination of rotating running backs and a quarterback who has pitched in 176 rushing yards himself, the Tigers seem committed to a physical offense.
Head coach Kirby Smart said Georgia’s run defense will see a true test of its capabilities against LSU. The Bulldogs have allowed 113 rushing yards per game so far this season, and at times, there have been times of consistent yardage on the ground. Georgia's defense prepares to face a physical offense, and its success in stopping the run on Saturday will be a true sign of its overall capabilities.
Facing "Greedy" Williams
Georgia’s wide receivers may have their hands full in Saturday’s matchup. LSU holds a weapon at cornerback with redshirt sophomore Andraez “Greedy” Williams. He has defended four passes, recorded two more pass breakups and a pair of interceptions in 2018.
With physical similarities between Williams and Georgia’s cornerback Deandre Baker, Georgia’s receivers and the offense had a chance to practice against a strong cornerback. It prepares the receiving corps for going against some of the top cornerbacks in the country.