Standard-Bearers: 6 takeaways from Georgia football’s 6th win

Zamir White #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts after rushing for a touchdown against the Auburn Tigers during the second half at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 09, 2021 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Zamir White #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts after rushing for a touchdown against the Auburn Tigers during the second half at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 09, 2021 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Ladd McConkey (84) scores against Auburn Tigers defensive back Nehemiah Pritchett (18) at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021.Auga16 /

Next man up menality

During Saturday’s game, a key cog on each side of the ball for Georgia football went down with an injury that kept them out for the remainder of the game.

Clemson game hero Christopher Smith went out first with a shoulder injury. CBS’s cameras showed him on the sideline with his arm in a sling early in the contest.

Then, left tackle Jamaree Salyer got his right leg rolled up during a pile at the end of a running play. He walked off the field on his own power but was unable to return.

Starting safety and starting left tackle both out. For most teams, that would make the blood pressure creep up quite a bit.

For Georgia football, not so much. Daniel Jackson, as he’s done all season long, stepped in ably for Smith and Broderick Jones performed well in his first extended game action replacing Salyer.

Not only is this roster deep and loaded with talent, but this roster trusts each other and feels confident that the next man will get the job done.

If you’re a Georgia fan, that next man up mentality should keep your blood pressure at doctor-recommended levels all season long.

Good news for Dawgs fans though, head coach Kirby Smart indicated during the postgame that both players probably could have returned to the ballgame if needed.