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Georgia Coach Kirby Smart Provides Injury Update On Darnell Washington

January 1, 2023
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ATLANTA - Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs rang in the new year in a big way on Saturday night, winning a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Ryan Day and the Buckeyes with a 42-41 final score in the Peach Bowl.

It was a hard-fought game, and we saw multiple Bulldogs go down with injuries throughout the ballgame. One of the biggest injuries came early on when starting tight end Darnell Washington left the game with what was called a “left ankle” injury. The big tight end out of Las Vegas left the game and was seen with a boot and crutches on the sideline.

Head coach Kirby Smart gave an update on Washington in his post-game press conference early Sunday morning.

“Hard to tell right now”, Smart said about Washington’s injury update.  “It's an ankle sprain. I don't know if it's high or low. He tried to go back and couldn't go back on it. We'll have to evaluate and see. The good news is he's got more than a normal week. I know he'll do everything he can to get back. He's headed out west towards where he's from. It will be important to him to try to get back.”



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True freshman Oscar Delp came in to replace Darnell Washington and made a big impact as a blocker on the EDGE. More importantly, he got some much-needed big game experience that will help him next week against TCU if Washington can’t go.

Smart also spoke about why it’s important to play so many players on defensive.

“We wanted to play a lot of players. When you get this late in the season, guys get winded. It is an up
tempo game. We say, if you're good enough and you practice hard enough, you should play. We felt like against LSU, we got some guys that got winded in the game. We wanted to play Trezmen and Rian and Marvin had to play. We had Chaz go down with an injury, had Darnell go down with an injury. At one point, we had our third and fourth string guys on special teams that hadn't played all year. We're at the point in a long season where it's accumulating, and you're having to play a lot of
guys who maybe haven't played.”
 

The Bulldogs will take on the TCU Horned Frogs in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA on January 9, 2023. 

Georgia is listed as a 13.5-point favorite to beat TCU according to FanDuel.

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