“I know for a fact that those linemen keep track, keep count of however many times they cut somebody,” Jenkins said. “That’s like getting a pancake block. You’ve just got to find a way to get around it and protect yourself.”
Jenkins said he knows about the cut block count because he knows some people on the team.
Cut blocks — blocks below the waist in front of a defender-are legal. Chop blocks —when one player blocks high and another blocks low — are illegal.
“Our guys cut, too,” said Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who said Georgia Southern used a lot of zone blocking. “That’s just part of football.”
Georgia Tech is known for utilizing cut blocks in their triple-option so Georgia players are on alert for more of them than usual ahead of Saturday's game.
Georgia players got banged up against Georgia Southern, which runs its own option offense.
“I definitely think Georgia Tech will try to do more,” Jenkins said.
Inside linebacker Jake Ganus sustained a “stinger” to his shoulder and neck area Saturday. He later sustained a leg injury on what he said was a chop block. Georgia Southern was flagged on the play for an illegal block below the waist when Ganus was pursuing from inside to outside.
Ganus told an official one time to watch for a “high-low” block after he said that happened twice.
Jenkins said he got “cut good once in the end zone by their fullback or running back. I had my eyes in the backfield wondering if I could get to the quarterback and didn’t look at the block in front of me. He got me pretty good.”
Ganus said he’s “a little sore” but ready to play this week and ready for cut blocks.
“I’ve got some new knee pads,” Ganus joked of getting ready for Georgia Tech. “No, it’s a part of football.”
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Greg Pyke did not play against Georgia Southern due to a knee injury, but the right guard is practicing this week, Richt said. “If he keeps getting better, he'll be ready to play,” Richt said. Said offensive lineman Kolton Houston: “There’s a chance he could play this week so that would be huge for us. Greg’s got a lot of snaps under his belt so any of that kind of experience is nice to offer.” … Hunter Long, who made his first start at center Saturday after Brandon Kublanow shifted to right guard, “struggled in some areas,” Richt said. “Just getting a lot of reps for the first time in a long time.” He said “considering it was his first shot out of the cannon and had to wait so long to do it, he did a nice job. We're glad that we had him.” Tailback Keith Marshall (ankle) is on track to play Saturday. “Unless he gets set back somehow, I think he would be able to play in this game,” Richt said.