Georgia Tech center Kenny Cooper on the field for the Yellow Jackets' game against The Citadel on September 14, 2019 at Bobby Dodd Stadium. (Danny Karnik/Georgia Tech Athletics)

Kenny Cooper out for the season for Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech center Kenny Cooper is out for the season after a season-ending injury suffered in the Yellow Jackets’ loss at Temple on Saturday in Philadelphia.

Cooper is the second veteran offensive lineman to be lost for the season in as many games, following offensive tackle Jahaziel Lee, who broke his fibula in the loss to The Citadel September 14. Coach Geoff Collins made the announcement about Cooper on his radio show Monday evening.

Collins did not disclose the injury, but said that surgery is necessary for him.

As Cooper has yet to use his redshirt year, he can make this season his redshirt year, taking advantage of the NCAA rule that permits players to play up to four games in a season and still redshirt. Collins said that he will return for his redshirt senior season, as will Lee.

Tech is down to 10 scholarship offensive linemen, one of whom is out with an apparent arm injury (Charlie Clark) and two of whom (Austin Smith and Harrison Jump) are redshirt freshmen who have yet to play this season.

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