Defensive Derrick Lott said Monday he has every intention of being able to play in next week's season-opener against Boise State, although there was a while that he wondered if he would.
Just prior to the start of preseason camp, the 303-pound Lott was on his scooter when he tried to navigate between a service truck and the outside wall of Butts-Mehre Building.
What happened next still makes Lott quiver.
As he attempted to pass through, Lott's leg struck a protruding piece of sheet metal, slicing the lower part of his leg wide open.
"It's not like it was a crash. I read the AJC and other stuff and I was like this is crazy. I can't believe guys really think that I would get on a scooter and crash it being as big as I am," Lott said. "I was just riding through and sliced my leg open on the side of the building with the sheet metal that was sticking out. It was hot, the metal I'm pretty sure was steaming, and when I crossed it I sliced a 6-7 inch cut across my leg."
Lott said he feared the worse.
"I don't know how many stitches I had under the skin, but I had 20 staples. That was the first time I've ever had anything like that done," he said. "When I first realized what had happened, I didn't know what they would do. Was my career over? Was I going to have to have surgery? I was thinking a lot of different things."
At first, many expected that Lott would likely miss the opener against Boise, but thanks to some quick rehab, he appears ready to go and will enter the season as the top backup to starting right end DeAngelo Tyson.
"I'm ready to go," Lott said. "I'm just very thankful because I know it could have been a lot worse."
Geathers still playing well
Richt had more positive words for nose Kwame Geathers, who despite missing Friday's practice has shown no signs that he won't be the starter next week against Boise State.
"Kwame had a tremendous spring. We bragged about it, voted him the MVP of the defense so it's not shocking he came into camp in good shape," head coach Mark Richt said. "I think before spring most of the coaches would have thought that (Jonathan) Jenkins would have been the guy, but after spring ball they could see that Kwame wasn't going to lie down and let somebody take his job. That's great. Competition is great and depth at that position is great."
Geathers said he missed Friday's practice after he got "banged on the head." The redshirt sophomore practiced Saturday and again Monday with no ill effects.
But the South Carolina native hasn't been the only Bulldog who has been able to follow up a solid spring with a strong preseason.
"With Branden Smith you saw a spark in the spring and he's just been tremendous. I think you saw Shawn Williams do that this spring and he's had a great camp. Jordan Love had a great camp before he got banged up and he's trying to get back," Richt said. "Brandon Boykin has had a great camp, Sanders Commings, Kwame
Abry Jones. Those guys who have been in the program a couple of years, it's their day; it's their time. It's their time to be a man and take over and I think they have."
Wide receiver Marlon Brown joined Georgia's list of walking wounded Monday after tweaking his ankle late in Saturday's practice.
He wasn't alone.
Fellow wideout Malcolm Mitchell missed his fourth straight practice with what Richt has described as either muscle fatigue or a slight pull, while nose Jonathan Jenkins missed his third straight practice with a mild hamstring injury.
There was some good news. Although they still wore their green non-contact jerseys, linebackers Ray Drew (shoulder) and Amarlo Herrera (shoulder contusion) were able to take part in warm-up drills with their teammates.
Meanwhile, Richt said running back Richard Samuel "still has a ways to go" with his recovery, although running backs coach Bryan McClendon said last week he still expects the junior back for Boise State.
Freshman running back Isaiah Crowell was back in his regular red practice jersey and appears to be 100 percent.
This and that
Former Bulldog running back Caleb King was not selected in Monday's NFL Supplemental Draft but subsequently inked a free agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings.
Richt said that redshirt sophomore Dallas Lee is the top backup at right and left guard.
Freshman linebacker Ramik Wilson has began seeing more time at outside linebacker behind starting Sam Jarvis Jones.
Freshman cornerback Nick Marshall said he is currently working as the third-team boundary cornerback. He's also seeing some work on special teams.
Georgia practiced for almost two hours in full pads Monday but Richt wasn't necessarily pleased. "I see certain guys really fighting through the monotony of it," Richt said. "It's the time of camp where the guys want to play an opponent. Some guys have done a better job of being mature enough to fight through being tired, sore, bored, whatever it is, to get better. A few guys still need to learn that. It wasn't an awful practice by any means, but it was not as good as some. We'll watch the films and talk to the guys about fighting through it. Overall, we got done what we needed to get done. We got it on film, and we'll teach from it. We got some value out of it."
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