UPDATE: A young Ringgold photographer continues to recover after being hit on the sidelines during the Georgia-Auburn game over the weekend.

Chamberlain Smith and her family declined Channel 3's request for an interview but did say she is at home resting for the next several days.

It's the hit that stopped the Georgia game Saturday.

Brian Herrien, running back for University of Georgia, ran out of bounds and into Smith.

The game was stopped while medics loaded Smith onto a stretcher.

Herrien later tweeted that he was praying in that moment.

The crowd cheered as she was taken off the field with her eyes open.

"I mean, it was such a hard hit. It's a wonder it didn't cut her or anything," Jeff Green said.

Smith was working as a photographer for the University of Georgia, something she did regularly.

On Twitter Sunday night, she thanked everyone for the support and said she was glad to be walking away with nothing more than a concussion and some bruises.

Smith is from Ringgold, where she graduated from Heritage High School.

Jeff Green was her broadcasting teacher.

"She had all three levels of my class, we have three levels. She worked as a reporter, she worked as a producer, she could edit, obviously," Green said. "She was really just a hard worker. She got after it when she came in here and she worked well with others. She was a leader."

Smith's passion has evolved to still photography. Her talent behind the lens is evident when you see her pictures.

Green, who worked on the sidelines as a Channel 3 photographer for more than a decade, knows the risks that come with being on the sidelines.

"Before each play starts, I kind of try to look out and see where the receivers are, because you're usually 10 or 15 yards ahead of the play. I kind of look out and see who is beside me and know my surroundings, but it happens to everybody," Green added.

Green is one of many people from Ringgold showing their support for Smith as she recovers. He has no doubt she'll return to the job.

Smith also shared on Facebook that she is looking forward to returning to the sidelines soon.


PREVIOUS UPDATE: Chamberlain Smith expressed her gratitude in a tweet sent around noon on November 17.

 


PREVIOUS STORY: According to UGA Athletics, Chamberlain Smith has been released from the hospital after being injured at Saturday's Georgia-Auburn game.

 
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PREVIOUS STORY: University of Georgia photography intern, Chamberlain Smith, was injured during the Georgia-Auburn game on Saturday when Georgia running back Brian Herrien ran into her while running out of bounds. 

Smith, a 2014 Heritage High School graduate, was taken off the field in a stretcher and sent to East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Alabama according to the CBS Sports broadcast.

 
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Chamberlain's mom Layna provided this update on her Facebook page. The family is on their way to Opelika, AL now to be with Chamberlain. Layna went on to say she is conscious and having several tests run.