Hoover High School alumni and current Georgia wide receiver George Pickens tore his right ACL in spring practice.

According to a statement made by Georgia coach Kirby Smart, no other ligaments were damaged.

“The good news is that the MRI showed it to be an isolated injury with no other structures involved,” said Kirby Smart.  “George is a hard worker. I know he will bring the same work ethic to rehab that he shows in practice every day.

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Pickens has been instrumental to a lot of the success that the Bulldog offense has over the last couple of years.

In 2019 he had 727 yards and 8 touchdowns, and in 2020 he had 513 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Pro Football Focus has him ranked as the number four ranked returning college football WR and expected big things in 2021.

"In 2020, his production took a pretty steep hit. Pickens’ receiving grade dipped to 71.1, and he generated only 1.93 yards per route run. That said, lowly quarterback play early on from Stetson Bennett played a part, as did a nagging upper-body injury. Pickens did, however, get better in one key area: contested scenarios. He raised his 27.8% contested catch rate in 2019 to 64.3% in 2020."

When QB JT Daniels announced that he would be returning for another year in Athens, many UGA fans were excited because they knew that the duo of Daniels and Pickens is highly successful when on the field together.

 

It's unclear if Pickens will be out for the entire season, but we do know that ACL tears take about nine months to heal.

Georgia still has a talented roster for the 2021 season, although, without the veteran Pickens, a lot of young players will need to step up and take charge.

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