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Georgia's Isaiah McKenzie sitting practice out with hamstring ailment

JASON BUTT

sports@ledger-enquirer.com

Georgia receiver Isaiah McKenzie was unable to practice on Saturday due to a pulled hamstring he sustained this week.

McKenzie began preseason practice working with the first team alongside Malcolm Mitchell and is expected to be more of a factor on the offensive side of the ball.

Georgia head coach Mark Richt said he isn't too concerned with the injury.

“We don’t think it’s real severe,” Richt said. “But those things take a while.”

McKenzie also suffered a hamstring injury during Georgia’s spring game, though this is not the same injury, Richt said.

In 2014, during his true freshman season, McKenzie totaled six catches for 67 yards. He also added seven carries for 78 yards as a rusher. McKenzie made his mark a year ago on special teams, going for 230 yards and two touchdowns as a punt returner, and 309 yards and one touchdown as a kick returner.

McKenzie’s injury is among the first for the Bulldogs during the first week of preseason practice. Georgia entered the preseason healthy, will everyone able to participate at the first practice this past Tuesday.

"I'm not alarmed, like, 'Oh my goodness this guy won't make it,'” Richt said.

With McKenzie unable to practice, Reggie Davis stepped in with the first team during practice. The next two receivers, running with the second group, were Justin Scott-Wesley and Terry Godwin.

When asked if any of the receivers other than Mitchell stood out, Richt said more work needed to be done with the group.

"As a unit we need to catch the ball better overall,” he said, “I do think we'll be a pretty athletic bunch."

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