Photographer hospitalized after taking ruthless hit during Georgia-Auburn game

Photographer hospitalized after taking ruthless hit during Georgia-Auburn game

A professional photographer was hospitalized Saturday after she was quickly knocked unconscious with a brutal unintentional struck by Georgia Bulldogs running back Brian Herrian throughout their video game against Auburn

Georgia said in a statement that Chamberlain Smith, a photography intern for the university’s Athletic Association, was taken to East Alabama Medical Center in neighboring Opelika for treatment. It did not specify what her injury was.

Smith was kneeling down to take a photo late in the second quarter when Herrien was required out of bounds in front of her. She appeared to get struck in the head by Herrien’s knee.

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The game was stopped for numerous minutes while Smith got treatment from medical workers. The CBS broadcast revealed Smith opening her eyes as she was put on a stretcher and she appeared to be mindful as she was taken out of Jordan-Hare Arena.

Georgia, who is No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings, beat Auburn 21-14 to clinch the SEC East title and keep their hopes of a national championship alive.

Georgia running back Brian Herrien (35) runs out of bounds and into a photographer during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Georgia running back Brian Herrien (35) lacks bounds and into a professional photographer during the very first half of an NCAA college football video game against Auburn, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill).

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Georgia coach Kirby Smart opened his postgame press conference by sending out “thoughts and prayers” to Smith.

” It was truly a frightening minute,” Smart stated. “Brian felt really sick about it. It was a hard offer, however ideally she’s going to be OKAY. I think she is.”

The Associated Press added to this report.

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