It would appear the football-playing career of Georgia wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley is over, but that does not mean he is stepping away from the game entirely. According to his high school football coach, Scott-Wesley is weighing his options with regard to football and may ultimately decide to stop playing.
“The vibe I got from him was that decision may have been out of frustration,” Dondrial Pinkins, Scott-Wesley’s high school coach, told the Athens Banner-Herald. “He’s in the process of talking (to trainers) about how he’s going to respond to the rehab. After that, he’ll see how he feels. If he’s able to play, he may play or he may just sit out. At this moment it’s all dependent on how his body feels.”
While playing and practicing may be out of the mix for now, Scott-Wesley appears to be staying with the team in some capacity. In an Instagram post, Scott-Wesley shared a photo of him appearing to be working as a student coach with the Bulldogs.
“When one door closes, another opens!” the Instagram post reads. “Blessed for the opportunity to learn and teach.”
Scott-Wesley left a Georgia football practice earlier this month after sustaining an injury to his right knee. The injury happened despite a lack of contact, which is always a scary situation. In 2013 Scott-Wesley suffered a torn ACL in his right knee and later underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in July.
Tennessee may have just clinched the spot for most painful loss of the season. After Georgia drove down field at the end of regulation to tie the game with seconds to spare, Tennessee had a touchdown wiped out by instant replay in overtime. Alton Howard swept to the right sideline and lunged for the end zone. Unfortunately for the Vols, that second effort may have ended up costing Tennessee the game. Howard lost control of the football at the one-yard line and the football went out-of-bounds for a touchback after the video review. A game-winning field goal by Marshall Morgan gave Georgia the 34-31 victory to keep BCS championship plans in order.
The win may have been a costly one for Georgia, with a number of players needing to be treated for injuries.
Without Todd Gurley going in to the game, Georgia lost their next top running threat when Keith Marshall had to be taken out with a left knee injury. He would later return t the sidelines on crutches and street clothes, but there is no update on the severity of the injury and none should be available until Mark Richt‘s regularly scheduled Sunday press conference. Wide receivers Michael Bennett and Justin Scott-Wesley each had to be taken out of the game for leg injuries. Bennett’s injury was very alarming as it was to the same right knee he had previously suffered an ACL injury.The injury list continued to grow so much it even left Georgia without punter Collin Barber, who would be sidelined with a concussion.
The wild second half started with Tennessee cutting in to Georgia’s halftime lead and tying the game at 17-17. Tennessee’s defense came out with a new attitude after the break and a blocked punt returned for a touchdown brought the Vols back from a 17-3 deficit. The fourth quarter saw each team put up 14 more points. Tennessee looked to have the game’s momentum with a touchdown drive assisted by three separate fourth-down conversions. But if there is anything the past month has demonstrated it is that as long as Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is healthy, the Bulldogs have a chance. Murray, who set a new SEC career passing yardage record during the game, led Georgia down field for a game-tying score with seconds to spare. A short pass to Rantavious Wooten tied the game at 31-31.
Georgia will return home next week to play Missouri in another SEC East battle. Georgia has scored at least 40 points in Athens in each of their first three home games this season. How many players are available for the Bulldogs will remain to be seen.
Tennessee will continue a brutal three-game stretch after a bye week. In two weeks Tennessee will host South Carolina and the following week will visit Alabama.