Quick Hitters: Fred Gibson

This season injuries have hit the Georgia Bulldogs harder than any other team in the nation.

And no playmaker on Georgia's roster has been affected more by the injuries than Fred Gibson.

Gibson's play has dropped off the most compared to the rest of the team. This season he has only 267 yards and one touchdown. After nine games last season Gibson had 411 yards and two touchdowns while sitting out the Kentucky and Florida games.

"I hurt my hamstring and had a bone bruise," said Gibson about this year's injury problems. "There have been so many injuries to the wide receivers. Who would have thought that I would have ever gotten hurt in my junior year? It seems like everything is going so bad."

In terms of injuries, yes things are not going well; but in terms of the expectation of the team things can still be great.

Georgia can still finish as SEC champions and go to a BCS bowl game if they win their next four games.

"We know what's at stake right now and we know what we have to do as a group of receivers," he said. "All of the receivers have not been together and on the field except for this Auburn game," added Gibson. Gibson almost correct: the only game where Georgia was at full strength with regard to receivers was the South Carolina game.

Gibson, Michael Johnson, Ben Watson, Bryan McClendon, Mario Raley, and Sean Bailey have all missed at least one game this season.

"Those injuries will kill you. It's been hard for the receivers this year. Even the freshmen, Sean Bailey and TJ Gartrell; everybody's getting hurt. Since I have been here there have not been that many receivers that have gotten hurt in one season," he said.

Cedric Haywood had a season ending injury in the pre season which was considered a big blow to the Georgia receivers.

Gibson says that when players are hurt its difficult for them to get their rhythm back because they are out of practice.

"Not practicing for 2 or 3 weeks and then trying to come in and play in a big ball game… you've got to practice. Practice makes perfect. I'm not trying to make excuses about how my performance was (against Florida) but like I have said I have been playing here for two years and there is not one person that can tell me that I have played like that ever before in my football career," said Gibson.

The junior had what many consider his worst game of his career against Florida. The game was riddled with dropped balls and "what could have beens" for Gibson and the rest of the Dawgs.

"The only thing that I can do is move forward," he said. "We are going to go out and make big plays against Auburn and hopefully win this game Saturday."


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