Georgia’s Kirby Smart chides George Pickens for unsportsmanlike penalty vs. Tennessee

Georgia wide receiver George Pickens received an unsportsmanlike penalty late in the first half against Tennessee on Saturday for squirting water from a bottle on Volunteers quarterback Jarrett Guarantano.

On first-and-10 from the Vols’ 36, Guarantano raced for a 3-yard scramble before falling out of bounds toward Georgia’s sideline. While Guarantano was on the ground, Pickens was seen walking toward him and squirting water out of a bottle at Guarantano.

“When somebody comes out of bounds and you squirt water at them, what are we? Are we 7 and 8 years old?” Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart said. “I mean, come on, let’s play football. Let’s don’t be silly.”

Pickens’ unsportsmanlike penalty gave Tennessee a first down. Five plays later, Tennessee would take a 21-17 lead when Guarantano found wide receiver Josh Palmer for a 27-yard touchdown pass.

Georgia went on to win 44-21.

Pickens finished with two catches for 14 yards.

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