Eventful Saturday for secondary

ATHENS - Georgia’s secondary included plenty of fresh faces and players exiting the game Saturday.

Starting cornerback Damian Swann missed the game with a head injury, safety/nickel back J.J. Green was ejected for targeting and safety Quincy Mauger, who started for the first time this season, left the game in the first half with what Richt said was believed to be a “stinger.”

“We were going to substitute anyway, but that got us in the game kind of quick,” freshman cornerback Rico Johnson said.

Swann’s consecutive start streak ended at 29 games, tied with David Andrews for longest on the team. He didn’t play because of what Richt said was a head injury sustained in practice.

“It was a considered a contact headache and not a concussion but we didn’t want to take any chances,” Richt said.

Swann indicated on Georgia’s radio broadcast that he would return for Saturday’s game against Tennessee.

Richt said Mauger’s injury isn’t serious.

The plan was for increased snaps for Green Saturday.

That didn’t work out as planned when Green was ejected for targeting on the third play from scrimmage on a sideline pass to Chandler Worthy for apparent helmet to helmet contact.

“There’s a good case to call it there,” Richt said. “He had part of his shoulder there and all that, but the helmets did hit. The biggest issue is we didn’t try to wrap up. If we make that same hit and you’re wrapping up then it doesn’t look like your launching.”

The ruling stood after replay review and Green was disqualified from the game but the pass was ruled incomplete.

Redshirt freshman safety Tramel Terry caught an interception in the end zone in the third quarter in his first college game.

“I saw the quarterback before the play looking to that side, he did a little hand motion,” Terry said. “I figured they were in the red zone, he was going to throw either a slant or a fade. As soon as he hiked the ball, I saw a shoulder drop so I just ran over there and I was in position.”

Terry, nickel back Dominick Sanders and cornerback Rico Johnson all had three tackles.

“A lot of guys got to play,” Richt said. “A lot of DBs got to play."


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