Georgia’s fragile situation in the defensive backfield became even moreso on Friday as the Bulldogs confirmed that another freshman will be unable to play this season due to an injury.
Paris Bostick, a freshman safety from Tampa, 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 he has been dealing with since his senior year at Plant High.
Bostick becomes the second true freshman defensive back to be lost for the year while recovering for surgery. Cornerback Reggie Wilkerson, an early enrollee who had worked himself into a backup role at boundary corner, suffered an ACL injury during voluntary workouts this summer and also will be redshirted.
Starting strong safety Josh Harvey-Clemons will miss the opener against Clemson due to a one-game suspension, meaning several freshman defensive backs may have to play early in the season. The Bulldogs signed eight in the 2013 recruiting class.
Freshman Tray Matthews, an early enrollee, already is slated to start at free safety. Georgia’s only experienced safeties are senior Connor Norman, junior Corey Moore and senior Marc Deas. In addition to Bostick, safety signees include junior college transfers Shaquille Fluker and Kennar Johnson and Quincy Mauger of Marietta.
University of Georgia freshman cornerback Paris Bostick underwent recent surgery to repair a chronic left great toe injury sustained during his senior year of high school at Tampa Plant.
He will medically redshirt this season but a full recovery is expected according to UGA Sr. Associate Athletic Director and Director of Sports Medicine Ron Courson.