Georgia’s offense has lost a veteran playmaker after an ankle injury suffered this week at practice.

Arian Smith, a third-year wide receiver, will need surgery to repair the injury and will miss at least the rest of fall camp and likely some time early in the regular season, Seth Emerson of The Athletic reported. Injuries have been an issue for Smith who has missed time the last 2 seasons and has 5 catches in his career for 188 yards.

Some of his highlights last year were a 35-yard TD pass against Missouri, and 2 catches for 67 yards in win over UAB, including a career-long 61 yarder for a TD.

Smith has long been a big-play threat for the Bulldogs, and it goes back to 2020 when he made his first career catch as a 31-yarder for a Bulldog touchdown against South Carolina. He also caught a 55-yarder in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against Cincinnati.

The speedster is also a track athlete.

His Georgia bio noted that Smith competed in his first-ever collegiate track meet at the SEC outdoors, where he finished 8th in the 100 meters (wind-aided 10.18) and ran leadoff on the Bulldogs’ school record-setting 4×100-meter relay effort (39.02). He also ran leadoff on the 4×100 relay team in finishing second at the NCAA outdoor meet (school-record time of 38.54).