Georgia’s fragile situation in the secondary became even more so Friday as the Bulldogs confirmed that another freshman will be unable to play this season because of an injury.
Paris Bostick, a freshman safety from Tampa, Fla., underwent surgery on his left big toe recently and will have to be medically redshirted.
The Bulldogs said the injury is one the 6-foot-1, 217-pound athlete has dealt with since his senior year in high school. A full recovery is expected, according to Georgia’s Ron Courson, a senior associate athletic director and director of sports medicine.
Bostick becomes the second freshman defensive back to be lost for the season while recovering for surgery. Cornerback Reggie Wilkerson, an early enrollee who had worked himself into a backup role, suffered an ACL injury during voluntary workouts this summer and also will redshirt.
Starting strong safety Josh Harvey-Clemons will miss the opener against Clemson because of a one-game suspension, meaning several freshman in the secondary may have to play early in the season. The Bulldogs signed eight defensive backs in February.
Freshman Tray Matthews, an early enrollee, already is scheduled to start at free safety. Georgia’s only experienced safeties are seniors Connor Norman and Marc Deas and junior Corey Moore. In addition to Bostick, safety signees include junior college transfers Shaquille Fluker and Kennar Johnson and freshman Quincy Mauger of Marietta.