Georgia WR George Pickens to miss half of SEC Championship for fight

Why Georgia football cannot overlook Georgia Tech

Fromm insists Georgia's offense will be ready for Saturday's Southeastern Conference championship game against top-ranked LSU. That, of course, refers to the present time when the team's leading receiver Lawrence Cager is lost for the rest of the season with an ankle injury.

Georgia's depth took over after halftime, as the Bulldogs wore down Tech's defense and scored touchdowns on four of their five possessions of the second half to put the game out of reach for the Yellow Jackets.

Because he was ejected for fighting in the second half, Pickens will not be eligible to play in the first half of the SEC Championship game against LSU, assuming Georgia does not issue any further punishment to the player. Both began players throwing punches, and Pickens later flung Swilling into the end zone retaining wall. "Guys are ready to step up and fill that role". Then the freshman landed in a fight with Georgia Tech cornerback Tre Swilling.

He had 33 catches for 476 yards and four touchdowns this season. On the day, 10 different Bulldogs caught passes and Simmons, Woerner, Dominick Blaylock and George Pickens all caught touchdowns. Early on, the receivers struggled with being thrust into the limelight.

Fromm failed to complete half his passes for the fourth week in a row, but it didn't matter. Everything Collins says follows a specific agenda, and that has been on display during his first almost-full year with this program.

Pickens didn't play much against Georgia Tech.

"Obviously with a big game like this, people miraculously get well toward end of the week", Orgeron quipped. "I don't think it will be an advantage for us at all". The Bulldogs have outscored Georgia Tech 135-35 during that span.

Uncertainties at wide receiver and running back only add to the Bulldogs' already daunting challenge with a spot in the playoff at stake.

Smart said it's doubtful the graduate transfer will return for either the playoff or a bowl.

"There's no slack", Herrien said. "He said he'll be all right".

Georgia Tech wrapped up its first season under coach Geoff Collins with just 139 yards and seven first downs on offense.

Georgia Tech had an opportunity to pull within one score late in the first half but missed a 27-yard field goal and went into halftime trailing 17-7. The officials assessed offsetting unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, but Pickens was ejected. It's, 'Why?' You ask yourself why. Smart said, adding Pickens "is a great kid". We're going to help George.

That help may include feedback from players.

"Anytime we play in Atlanta, we like to play well", Fromm said.

"Not really making the best decision in the heat of the moment", the quarterback said.



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