The boos from the Clemson fans in Memorial Stadium Saturday night showed what they thought of Georgia freshman linebacker Leonard Floyd going down on the field hurt.
The suggestion was that Floyd may have been faking an injury to slow Clemson’s up-tempo offense.
Game video may not have easily dispelled that on first look, but Georgia coach Mark Richt said it’s not so.
“He got hit in his privates real hard,” Richt said. “Actually, it was a leg whip. I don’t think it was intentional but it was a block, like a cross body block. The leg kind of kicked up and got him and he was trying to figure out what to do there.”
Floyd was off the ball and away from the play on a Tajh Boyd run in the first quarter. He headed slowly toward the sideline, first tapping his helmet to indicate he wanted a substitution. Then Georgia cornerback Damian Swann directed Floyd to go down on the field.
Here’s the video posted by Aaron Brenner of the Charleston Post and Courier.
It looks like he actually was injured on the previous play. That video was posted by Larry Williams of Tiger Illustrated.
Richt said in the leadup to Saturday’s 38-35 Clemson win that the Tigers were “as fast or faster than anybody we’ve played.” Richt on Sunday evening said Floyd was really hurt and did what he should have.
“When a guy’s injured, he needs to just stay down,” Richt said. “In the past, you’d say be brave and be tough and try to drag yourself off the field but what happens when you do that, you’re giving the other team the advantage. So if you’re hurt, just stay down until the officials stop play and then come off the field and let the next guy in.”