Georgia will be without a pair of veteran defensive lineman when it takes on Florida in Jacksonville on Saturday (3:30 p.m. on CBS). Dawgs247 has confirmed that junior nose tackle Jordan Davis will miss multiple weeks with an elbow injury while fifth-year senior Julian Rochester is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Both suffered those injuries in the 14-3 win over Kentucky.
According to Dawgs247’s Rusty Mansell, Davis is expected to miss at least three weeks with the ailment. He has started all five of Georgia’s games this season with 12 total tackles and one quarterback hurry. He has played in 30 games over his three years with the program with four sacks and six tackles for a loss. He has amassed 60 total tackles during that time to go with six quarterback hurries. His main function within the Bulldog defense is to tie up multiple blockers so the linebackers can run free and play the run.
“I actually look at the linebacker stats because I know if the linebackers get a lot of tackles, that means I’m doing my job right,” Davis told reporters via zoom prior to the season. “I always say two on me, somebody’s free. So usually when the linebackers make a tackle for loss, it’s usually dealing with something on the d-line.”
The ACL injury for Rochester is his second in a two-year period. Dawgs247 has been unable to confirm whether or not it’s the same knee as before, but he had surgery to repair a torn ACL in spring of 2019. He missed spring drills and was limited during preseason camp. Rochester and the UGA coaching staff put their heads together and agreed on 2019 being a redshirt season for him so he could come back and get a full season under his belt in 2020. He played in four games a season ago with eight stops and 1.5 tackles for loss.
He has appeared in all five games this year with six total tackles. Over the past five years, he has appeared in 51 games with 103 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and six quarterback hurries.
The Bulldogs will also be without senior safety Richard LeCounte III, who was involved in a car accident over the weekend. He sustained injuries to his head, shoulder, and ribs but is expected to make a full recovery. Junior inside linebacker Quay Walker and sophomore safety Lewis Cine also went down in the Kentucky game.
Early indications are that Walker is likely to miss the Florida game while Cine, who was able to practice some on Sunday night, has a chance to play. Dawgs247 has also learned that fifth-year senior right guard Ben Cleveland, who left the Kentucky game with some neck/back stiffness, has improved substantially over the past 48 hours and is on track to play in Jacksonville.