Georgia’s George Pickens ejected for fighting vs. Georgia Tech

Ross Houston
December 4, 2019

Georgia wide receiver George Pickens won't be able to play until the third quarter of next week's SEC Championship Game against No. 2 LSU.

Pickens had a 41-yard touchdown catch in the game.

Pickens was ejected from Saturday's game against Georgia Tech after he got into a fight with Tech defensive back Tre Swilling as Georgia went up 38-7.

Georgia Tech was called for two pass interference penalties when trying to defend Pickens before his touchdown catch. Only Pickens, a freshman from Hoover, was ejected. Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart is expected to update Swift's status after the game. For a team that just lost leading receiver Lawrence Cager to an ankle injury, Pickens' absence will be costly.

Swift's injury is another concern going into next weekend's game, though Smart said it was merely a contusion that shouldn't prevent his No. 1 back from playing.

Georgia Tech finishes the season 3-9 and moves on to the offseason to get ready for year two of head coach Geoff Collins era.

Asked about the Bulldogs' possible plan against LSU if Swift is limited or can't play, Herrien said "just run the ball".

"Our guys kept battling, but it got away from us in the third quarter", Collins said.

Fromm said Pickens' ejection was "tough" for the team. He probably could have gone back in the game if he needed to.

Georgia entered the game knowing Cager wouldn't play.

The Yellow Jackets defense created a lot of opportunities in the first half for their offense. The offense was woefully ill-equipped to make the switch from the triple-option to a pro-style offense, so it's vital that Collins put together several strong recruiting classes to fulfill his vision for the program. Georgia finishes 11-1 for the third straight year and looks forward to the SEC title game on December 6 against Louisiana State University. If the Bulldogs come up short against LSU, it appears they'll be headed to the Sugar or Orange Bowl.

Georgia Tech: Another harsh demonstration of how much work the Yellow Jackets have to do. The 2020 schedule has not been finalized beyond the nonconference opponents, beginning with a September 12 home game against FCS school Gardner-Webb.

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