Georgia tight end Brock Bowers underwent surgery on Monday to repair a high ankle sprain, expecting to miss four to six weeks. The injury is a major blow to the Bulldogs, who are considered one of the favorites to win the championship.
Bowers is one of the most dynamic and versatile players in college football. He is a nightmare for opposing defenses, as he can line up anywhere on the field. He is also a threat to take it to the house on any given play.
In Bowers’ absence, the Bulldogs will have to trust other players to step up. Arik Gilbert and Oscar Delp are surely both talented tight ends, but they don’t have the same level of success as Bowers. Gilbert is a former five-star recruit who has struggled with injuries and inconsistency throughout his career. Delp is a redshirt freshman who has been solid in a supporting role.
The Bulldogs could also rely more on their wide receivers, Kearis Jackson and Ladd McConkey, for passing. Jackson and McConkey are both speedy players who can stretch the field. However, they are not as big or as physical as Bowers, and they may not be able to provide the same level of blocking.
The key for the Bulldogs will be to find ways to replace Bowers’ production in the game of passing and to avoid any other injuries to other key players. If they can do that, they will still be one of the teams with the most potential in the country.
REFERENCE: ESPN India