New Local Tie at Fullback

One walk-on fullback with local ties replaced another Saturday in the Georgia lineup.

After Taylor Maxey from North Oconee left the game with a neck injury, freshman Christian Payne from Prince Avenue Christian replaced him.

Payne blocked out of the I-formation on Nick Chubb’s 43-yard second quarter touchdown run.

“We had Maxey go down so he stepped up,” Chubb said. “He’s a good player and next year you’ll hear about him.” Richt said that Maxey, a senior, would be “OK.” Richt described the injury as a “burner.” “My guess is he’ll be back sooner than later,” Richt said.

Maxey’s role grew bigger after Merritt Hall’s career was forced to end due to concussions.

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