Georgia already knew that it would be without its leading receiver for the SEC championship game because of an injury. Now, they will be without their second-leading receiver for the first half of that game, albeit for an entirely different reason.
Late in the third quarter of No. 4 UGA’s 52-7 blowout of rival Georgia Tech, George Pickens was involved in a wild scuffle with Tech defensive back Tre Swilling at the tail end of a nine-yard touchdown pass from Jake Fromm to Dominik Blaylock. As seen in the video, both Pickens and Swilling threw multiple punches in the melee, with the Bulldog wide receiver throwing the defensive back into the stadium wall at one point for good measure.
Suffice to say, both players were ejected from the game.
That won’t be the end of Pickens’ punishment, as The Athletic‘s Bruce Feldman has confirmed that Pickens will be forced to sit out the first half of next Saturday’s conference title game matchup with No. 2 LSU.
Pickens came into this weekend second on the Bulldogs in receptions (32) and receiving yards (457). He also leads the team in receiving touchdowns with five.
Pickens, who was suspended for the first half of today’s game for unspecified reasons, had one catch for a 41-yard touchdown before the ejection.