Brian Kelly asked about Notre Dame players faking injuries against Georgia
It unfortunately happens a lot in college football now. Players fake injuries on defense to slow the opponent’s offensive momentum down.
Late in the third quarter of the Georgia-Notre Dame game, Irish defender Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah was pulled down by a teammate after appearing to get instruction from the sideline. QB Jake Fromm had completed three straight first down passes for a combined 36 yards.
With Owusu-Koramoah down, officials stopped action for the injury timeout. Georgia fans were obviously upset, too, as a chorus of boos rang down in Sanford Stadium. Below is a replay.
Check the Notre Dame “injury” here. So many of these going on… pic.twitter.com/E51TY0cF2a
— Tim Cowlishaw (@TimCowlishaw) September 22, 2019
It temporarily stalled a promising scoring drive for Georgia as it moved 53 yards in 2:36. Georgia ultimately kicked a 31-yard field goal.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly was asked about that Sunday during his teleconference.
“Owusu was evaluated for a concussion. He was brought to the tent,” Kelly said, via 247Sports. “So, that’s hard to be booing at a young man who suffered an evaluation for a concussion. Quite honestly, Georgia doesn’t play very fast, so I found that to be quite interesting there would be a number of questions on something like that.”
Later in the game, linebacker Asmar Bilal also went down, and Fromm was visibly upset about it. Kelly offered his take on that one, too.
“Then the other one (Bilal) was cramping. Again, it’s a non-issue. It happens in college football all of the time. Guys go down and they’ve got to be administered to. I’ve seen games against us where there have been many, many more, so I’m not even sure why you’re asking the question.”