Kirby Smart explained why his start tight end Brock Bowers did not play against Georgia Tech Saturday night following the game.

Bowers, who missed almost a month of football after undergoing Tightrope surgery on his ankle, made his return to action in the Ole Miss game two weeks ago. He also played in last week’s contest against Tennessee.

He did not see action against Georgia Tech, however. Smart said after the game that he decided not to play Bowers because he was a little more so this week than he had been. Bowers wanted to play, but wasn’t quite able.

Bowers has been electric in limited games this season, recording 661 yards and 6 touchdowns.

The move to rest him against Georgia Tech was probably a smart one, as Georgia has a huge game on the horizon. Next week, the Bulldogs will take on Alabama in the SEC Championship — a game that will likely punch the Bulldogs ticket to the CFP if they win it.