Georgia’s secondary won’t have the services this season of a player who showed promise this spring.
Freshman cornerback Reggie Wilkerson, who was expected to be in the playing rotation, is out for the season after undergoing surgery on his right knee Friday, Georgia confirmed. The injury happened in a voluntary passing drill with teammates this week.
Wilkerson, the 5-foot-11 171-pound Citra, Fla. product, underwent a procedure to repair his meniscus at St. Mary’s Hospital and will undergo a second surgery at a later date to reconstruct the ACL. He will be medically redshirted this season and have four years of eligibility left, according to senior associate athletic director Ron Courson.
Wilkerson was listed on the second-team defense in a depth chart released earlier this month. He worked with the starters during the G-Day spring game due to an injury to starter Sheldon Dawson.
The early enrollee had an interception in a spring scrimmage and a sack in the spring game.
“Right now, I’m watching Reggie Wilkerson and I see a lot of talent,” coach Mark Richt said this spring. “I see a guy that’s going to be able to do it, but he’s taking his lumps.”
Georgia already knows it won’t have sophomore safety Josh Harvery-Clemons for the Aug. 31 opener against Clemson after he was suspended for a game for an incident involving marijuana in a dorm room.
Georgia’s projected starters at cornerback are Damian Swann and Dawson.
Wilkerson’s injury should provide even more of a chance for incoming freshmen Brendan Langley from Kell and Shaq Wiggins from Sandy Creek to push for playing time at a position that lost departed seniors Sanders Commings and Branden Smith.
Devin Bowman and Blake Sailors are among backups on the roster already at the position. Junior college safety Kennar Johnson, expected to arrive by next month, could be an option at cornerback.