March 24, 2021
BY Lance Cartelli

Georgia's George Pickens Tears ACL in Practice

The 2021-22 college football season hasn't started yet, but the Georgia Bulldogs have already suffered a massive blow to their championship chances. 

Star receiver George Pickens, a projected first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, suffered a torn ACL in practice Tuesday and will miss the season, UGA announced Wednesday. 

Pickens reportedly injured his right knee in a non-contact play. 

"The good news is that the MRI showed it to be an isolated injury with no other structures involved," Georgia coach Kirby Smart said in a statement. "George is a hard worker. I know he will bring the same work ethic to rehab that he shows in practice every day."

A former five-star recruit, according to 247Sports, Pickens reeled in 36 passes for 513 yards and six touchdowns in eight games in 2020. As a freshman in 2019, he was the Bulldogs' leading receiver with 49 catches for 727 yards and eight touchdowns.

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