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Georgia’s Isaiah McKenzie suffers upper-body injury

September 10 2016: Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie (16) in the second half rushes the ball. The Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Nicholls State Colonels 26- 24 at Sanford stadium in Athens, Georgia.(photo by Charles Mitchell/Icon Sportswire
Charles Mitchell/Icon Sportswire

Georgia wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie suffered an apparent upper-body injury during the second quarter of the Bulldogs’ game versus Vanderbilt. The junior pulled himself out of the game and was later tended to by doctors, who were evaluating his arm and shoulder.

He exited the game with the Bulldogs trailing 7-3 at home to the Commodores. McKenzie had hauled in a pair of passes for 31 yards prior to the injury.

The 5-11 wide receiver out of Miami has been enjoying a productive junior campaign, even with all of the changeover at the helm with first-year head coach Kirby Smart and freshman quarterback Jacob Eason. McKenzie entered Saturday with 26 catches for 359 yards and five scores. He got off to a hot start for the Bulldogs’ offense as he snared 18 passes for 215 yards and four touchdowns in the first three games alone. That sample size is compared to a vast dip in production over McKenzie’s last three games in SEC play. He came into the Vanderbilt game with eight receptions for 54 yards over his last three contests.

His prowess to blow the top off the secondary is crucial and any missed time would be a huge hit to a struggling pass offense. Running backs Nick Chubb, Brian Herrien and Sony Michel entered the week with 300-plus yards on the ground, but the complementary pass attack has been the crux for the Bulldogsa as Georgia came into Week 7 with the No. 104 pass offense in the country.

A win over the Commodores would be clutch for the Bulldogs, who could find themselves at 3-2 in SEC play once the clock hits zeroes.

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