“The good news is that the MRI showed it was an isolated injury with no other structure involved,” said trainer Kirby Smart. “George is a hard worker. I know he will bring the same work ethic to rehabilitation that he shows in practice every day. ”
Pickens is easily one of Georgia’s best returning players. After leading the team in receptions and touchdowns as a rookie in 2019, Pickens’ second campaign has seen him once again finish first in touchdowns receptions (six) while tying for the lead in l team in receptions (36) in just eight games. He’s been especially critical in the passing game in Georgia’s last two games of the year against Missouri and Cincinnati, racking up three touchdowns and back-to-back 100-yard games.
One of the offseason stories of the 2021 college football season was the development of Georgia’s offense. With JT Daniels ultimately cut out as the starting quarterback, perhaps the Bulldogs would finally unleash the wider attack that was intended when Todd Monken was hired to be the offensive coordinator. The Bulldogs have other weapons in the passing game, including tight end Darnell Washington, who came out strong at the end of his freshman year last year.
Still, Pickens’ injury is a blow to a charged offense that seeks to take it to the next level.