Citadel loses top tackler for season

Linebacker Carl Robinson, The Citadel’s leading tackler, will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

The Citadel’s leading tackler, linebacker Carl Robinson, will miss the rest of the football season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.

Robinson suffered the injury during last week’s 28-10 loss to Chattanooga and will undergo surgery later this month. An MRI exam revealed the extent of the injury Tuesday.

A 6-1, 240-pound sophomore from Irvington, Ala., Robinson led the Bulldogs with 54 tackles through five games, with 2½ tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.

He will be replaced in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game at Samford by Ian Thompson, a 5-10, 215-pound sophomore from Stratford High School. Thompson has played in all five games this season with nine tackles.

The Citadel (3-2, 2-1), ranked No. 22 in FCS, plays at Samford (4-1, 2-1) at 3 p.m. Saturday in a Southern Conference matchup.

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia is dealing with a big loss heading into its SEC showdown against South Carolina.

Michael Bennett, the fifth-ranked Bulldogs’ leading receiver, tore up his right knee in practice and is out for the year, coach Mark Richt announced.

Bennett injured the anterior cruciate ligament toward the end of Tuesday’s practice. He will undergo reconstructive surgery, though no date has been set. The third-year sophomore leads Georgia (5-0, 3-0 SEC) with 24 catches for 345 yards and four touchdowns.