Some more bad news...
Georgia wide receiver Jermaine Burton (7) during the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
The Georgia Bulldogs just can’t seem to catch a break.
Last week, the news broke that standout wide receiver George Pickens suffered an ACL injury. Today, it was confirmed by UGASports.com that rising sophomore receiver Jermaine Burton practice with an undisclosed injury. After that report was published, Dawgs247 reported that Burton “hyperextended his knee” during Georgia’s seventh spring camp practice.
The severity of his injury has been made public.
Last season, Burton was Georgia’s third most productive pass catcher in terms of receiving yards. As a freshman, he hauled in 27 passes for 404 yards and three touchdowns. His breakout game came against Mississippi State, which was J.T. Daniels’ first career start as a Bulldog. In that game, Burton had a team-high eight catches for 197 yards and two scores.
The Bulldogs already have two receivers recovering from ACL injures in Dominick Blaylock and Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint. Blaylock re-injured his ACL in the same during fall camp last year and missed all of last season. Before that, he suffered an injury against LSU in the 2019 SEC Championship game against LSU. Rosemy-Jacksaint dislocated his ankle back in November against Florida. His injury came on his first-ever collegiate touchdown as a Bulldog. Both are currently working with UGA Sports Medicine director Ron Courson and his staff.
With Pickens out, Burton was allegedly going to move up the X-spot and get some reps alongside fellow sophomore Justin Robinson. Now, with Burton’s injury, second-year Arian Smith could be working in his place or the Z-spot. Georgia’s offense still has a ton of talent in the receiving corps but losing two of its top three pass catchers (in less than a week) from a season ago has to sting.
Last season, Smart said that Burton’s game was elevated as the season went on.
“He’s explosive. He loves the game of football,” Smart told reporters. “He’s got really good hands. He’s a really consistent ball catcher. He can go up, he can explode up. I remember watching him in high school and he can jump boxes extremely high and he’s a talented guy. He’s learning our system so he’s not there yet but he’s a good player.”