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On October 14th, 2023, a fatal injury occurred in the sports world. Brock Bowers, one of, if not the, best tight ends, not only in UGA history but College Football history, suffered a high ankle sprain and will be having surgery to repair it.
by Cassidy Bailey and Drew Caraway
On October 14th, 2023, a fatal injury occurred in the sports world. Brock Bowers, one of- if not the- best tight ends, not only in UGA history but College Football history, suffered a high ankle sprain and will be having surgery to repair it. Bowers is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, depending on the healing time (via ESPN).
Bowers’s Injury and How it Happened
(all information in this section is from the Georgia Dogs)
In a noon game on Saturday the 14th, Brock Bowers and the Georgia Bulldogs faced the Vanderbilt Commodores at FirstBank Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, a game that UGA usually marks as a free win every year, due to their history in head-to-head matchups. Since 2000, the Bulldogs have lost to the Commodores only three times, all the differences in scores of the losses adding up to a whopping seven points (22-24 in 2006, 27-31 in 2013, 16-17 in 2016).
The injury happened when Bowers took a run play 11 yards before being brought down by Commodore defender Savion Riley. It appeared Riley fell on Bowers’s ankle and his body weight fell on said ankle.
In his three year career at UGA, Bowers has racked up 2,391 yards and 24 touchdowns (via ESPN) and has also been a major, MAJOR contributor to the Dawgs’ back-to-back National Championships and was helping the Dawgs chase their three-peat before the injury.
Cristofer Brown-Sanchez's and Jackson Peterson’s Opinions
Everyone in the CFB World knows Bowers’s name and only a fool would hate to see him injured. The UGA roster might hurt, but won’t be down and out. Cristofer (sophomore at WGHS) says, "No , we have really good depth, we have a lot of depth, and I think we’ll be fine. We got guys like Lovett [and] King Mews, so we should be fine.”
When asked if UGA’s backups can fill the hole Bowers left, Jack said, “I mean, you take all the Tight ends in College Football and they don't even equal the production of one Brock Bowers, of half of Brock Bowers... There's no sorry players on that roster... the backups don't have the swagger but they try their hardest, and that's all that matters.” Jack followed up by talking about the Heisman award. “The Heisman has really now become a QB award... [Bowers] was a certified lock. If it wasn't such a quarterback oriented award, then he would definitely be up there...”
Bowers’ injury is a surefire hit to Georgia’s offense. With him, they look unstoppable. But the question still remains, will they be fine without him?
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