Hamstring Injury Sidelines Isaiah McKenzie

ATHENS - A pulled hamstring has sidelined Isaiah McKenzie again.

The Georgia wide receiver and kick returner saw his spring cut short after a hamstring injury on a 72-yard touchdown at the G-Day game and didn’t make it through the first week of preseason practices.

“Different leg,” coach Mark Richt said after the Bulldogs practice Saturday. “We don’t think it’s real severe, but those things take a while.”

McKenzie is expected to be one of Georgia’s top receivers this season after the departures of Chris Conley and Michael Bennett. The sophomore had six catches for 67 yards last season, seven carries for 78 yards and returned two punts and one kickoff for touchdowns.

“I’m not alarmed like, ‘Oh, my goodness, this guy won’t be able to make it,” Richt said. “I expect him to heal up and be ready to go. Sometimes guys with hamstrings end up being a little bit fresher than the rest of the nation. Not that you want that to happen, but I’m going to look at the bright side on that, too, on that one. I’m not concerned. I think he’ll heal up well and be fine.”

Meanwhile, senior defensive tackle James Deloach was out of practice Saturday after fracturing his left hand. He had six tackles in seven games last season.

“He’ll get clubbed up pretty quick and be practicing,” Richt said. “He won’t miss much.”


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