ATLANTA - Georgia sophomore defensive end Garrison Smith hears each week about being ready to enter the game at any time, and he was told by Bulldogs defensive line coach Rodney Garner that he would be the first reserve in Saturday against Georgia Tech.
Still, it came as a surprise when starting end DeAngelo Tyson suffered an ankle injury 25 seconds in that forced him to miss the rest of Georgia's 31-17 triumph.
"It was crazy," Smith said. "As soon as he went down I was like, 'Uh, oh. My number is being called.'"
Playing in his hometown, the 6-foot-3, 294-pounder was hardly a weak link on a defense that no longer seems to have weak links. Smith racked up seven tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss against the Yellow Jackets, whose 243 rushing yards were 80 below their season average and well below their 411 last year in Athens.