Rantavious Wooten said he will drive Brown to class this morning from the off-campus condo they share.
Now, the Bulldogs will look for players to pick up the slack for the senior who shared the team lead with 27 catches for 469 yards and four touchdowns.
“I’m definitely going to miss that guy, but that’s what we do, that’s what we practice for,” said Wooten, who has 12 catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns this season. “Guys step up when things happen because you have to prepare for the unexpected. I feel like we have guys on the team that can definitely take the spot and just roll with it and make things happen just like he did.”
Brown played split end. Georgia is listing Malcolm Mitchell as the starter and Rhett McGowan as the backup at that position on the depth chart for Saturday’s game against Auburn. Tavarres King is listed as the starting flanker.
“Fortunately for us, we have a very deep receiving corps, guys with a lot of talent,” said redshirt freshman Justin Scott-Wesley. “When the coach calls your number, you just have to be ready.”
Scott-Wesley, who has one catch at Georgia, hasn’t played since the Vanderbilt game on Sept. 22.
“I think it definitely gives me an extended role to contribute to the team,” said Scott-Wesley. “Just because of the sheer numbers we have.”
Georgia already lost top receiver Michael Bennett early last month with a torn ACL.
“It happened so fast, you never know,” Wooten said of Brown's injury. “People say all the time any given play something like this can happen.”
Wooten said that Brown seemed to be taking his injury in stride.
“He’s still the same old Marlon,” Wooten said. “You wouldn’t even know there’s a difference. I’m pretty sure he’s got his head up. He’s fine.”
DE Jones won't return this season
Georgia coach Mark Richt wouldn’t divulge exactly how long defensive end Abry Jones would be out when the senior underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left ankle two weeks ago.
On Monday night on his radio show, Richt said Jones' college career is over.
Jones, from Warner Robins, was already expected to be out for the rest of the regular season, based on what his high school said.
Richt mentioned Jones' was done as a Bulldog when talking about how Brown’s career is over.
Richt said Jones “is not going to play again for Georgia. Marlon Brown is not going to play against for Georgia. (Sophomore) Michael Bennett will get to play, which is a blessing. It’s just sad that those guys senior years ended prematurely because they’re great guys. I still think have great careers in the NFL.”
Jones has 17 tackles this season and 106 for his career. He also had 13 1/2 tackles for loss and five sacks at Georgia.
Murray gets another SEC honor
Quarterback Aaron Murray certainly has some momentum heading into Saturday’s pivotal game at Auburn.
Murray shared the Southeastern Conference’s offensive player of the week honors today with Tennessee’s Tyler Bray on Monday. It was the second time Murray was tabbed for the award in the last three weeks.
He completed 21 of 28 passes for 384 yards and four touchdowns in a 37-10 win against Ole Miss.
Murray moved into sixth place on the SEC career touchdown list with 80. He is one away from tying former Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning for fifth. Muirray moved up to sixth in the nation in passing efficiency at 168.90.
This and that
Fullback Zander Ogletree has earned “a pretty even split” when Merritt Hall returns from his ankle injury, Richt said. When that will be, Richt isn’t sure. Hall wasn’t listed on the injury report Monday, but Richt said he wasn’t sure if he will play against Auburn. “We’ll have to really see how effective he is the next two days,” Richt said. Ogletree has four catches for 25 yards and scored on an 8-yard touchdown run.
Offensive guard Chris Burnette (shoulder) and linebacker Chase Vasser (shoulder) didn’t practice Monday.
Saturday’s captains: David Andrews, John Jenkins, Jarvis Jones and Shawn Williams.
Saturday’s ESPN2 on-air crew: Mark Jones, Brock Huard and Allison Williams.