Lutzenkirchen's Father speaks to Dawgs

ATHENS - Mike Lutzenkirchen, father of former Auburn tight end Phillip Lutzenkirchen, spoke to the team before practice Wednesday.

Phillip Lutzenkirchen, a good friend of Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason, was killed along with UGA student Joseph Ian Davis in an automobile accident June 30 near LaGrange.

“He just wanted to talk about the legacy of his son and the fact that he made a massive amount of good decisions in his life and he did a lot of great things on and off the field,” Richt said. “Really, a guy that most people would look up to if you took his life in totality. But there was a moment when he made a bad choice and that bad choice cost him, cost him everything.”

Lutzenkirchen was a passenger in a car driven by Davis, who tried out for the baseball team. Both were legally drunk, according to AL.com. Lutzenkirchen had nearly five times the Georgia legal driving limit.

“I don’t think his father wanted that to happen to anyone else,” Richt said.

His father is now involved in the Lutzie43 Foundation, which was established for character development of young athletes and coaches.

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Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell ran on the side in practice Wednesday. “He’s moving better,” Richt said. “I’m getting more and more encouraged.” Richt is “hopeful” that Mitchell who had arthroscopic knee surgery in late July to play next week against Vanderbilt. “I’ll betcha he could run a bomb, he could run a takeoff right now,” Richt said. “If you knew he could just run by everyone and catch it on the dead run and nobody would touch him I would put him in but I’m not sure we could do that.” Richt believes there’s a good chance that Justin Scott-Wesley and Jonathon Rumph will also play for the first time against the Commodores.

Safety Quincy Mauger has got “a little bit” of work in practice this week in a non-contact jersey after sustaining a shoulder “stinger” Saturday. “We do anticipate him dressing out and being ready,” against Tennessee, Richt said.

Offensive tackle Watts Dantzler was in a non-contact jersey for what Richt said was either an ankle or knee injury, but is expected to be able to play.

Georgia has practiced to sounds of “Rocky Top” at times this week. “I’m sure they’ll bring their band, at least their pep band,” Richt said. “Hope our players are getting sick of it.”


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