ATHENS, Ga. — Nose tackle Justin “Bean” Anderson will have season-ending toe surgery, Georgia head coach Mark Richt said Wednesday.
Anderson has been dealing with turf toe, which caused him to miss the past couple of games. The surgery takes away one of Georgia’s biggest nose tackles. It also takes a year away from Anderson, who already has served a redshirt year.
The news was better for cornerback/punt returner Branden Smith (concussion). Richt said Smith was cleared to practice, and head trainer Ron Courson was “pretty confident” Smith would play at Mississippi State if he doesn’t have more concussion symptoms.
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Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen heaped praise on Georgia during Wednesday’s teleconference.
“In my view of things, their record might not show it, but they’re a top 25 football team in the country, easily right now,” Mullen said.
The problem is, Mullen didn’t vote for Georgia in his top 25 ballot. The coaches ballots aren’t made public, but Mullen is a voter, and Georgia didn’t receive a vote in this week’s poll.
Quote of the day
“You see a young quarterback that is starting to develop and mature. You saw him in the fourth quarter after he struggled a little bit early in the game, really settle down and make some plays. And that’s the sign of a quarterback growing up, and a sign of maturity.”
— Mullen on Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, whom Mullen recruited when he was at Florida.