Houston hopes this isn’t his last Senior Day

ATHENS - Kolton Houston will treat Saturday like it’s his final home game even though he hopes it is not.

The starting offensive tackle will be among 27 seniors recognized in a pregame ceremony Saturday.

Houston, ruled ineligible his first three years at Georgia, is applying to the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility. He expects to get an answer probably during the Bulldogs’ bowl practices.

 “I’m pretty familiar with the whole limbo thing so I’m going to treat it like it’s my last game,” he said. “I’ll be blessed to get another opportunity.”

Houston tested positive for a banned substance that he said he unknowingly took in high school for a shoulder injury but was cleared to play before the 2013 season after meeting the required threshold.

He said the NCAA three years ago indicated it would “work with me,” on giving him a sixth year of eligibility because of the unique nature of the case. He said he’s applied for another year as an SEC hardship case to the NCAA.

“You never know with those guys,” Houston said. “I’m confident that I like my possibilities. No promises with those guys, but hopefully they’ll work with me and I’ll come back.”   This and that

Senior inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera has accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Bowl on Jan. 17 in St. Petersburg, Fla. on the NFL Network.

Richt sent out several tweets this week to urge fans to get to Sanford Stadium early and be loud at Saturday’s game. Kickoff is at noon on a holiday weekend. Georgia students returned about 2,500 tickets, but those tickets are now gone and the game is sold out, the school said Monday.

Safety Dominick Sanders (shin) practiced on Monday, Richt said on his radio show.

Richt confirmed that Gurley will undergo surgery this week for his torn ACL.

As always in the last home game, Georgia’s senior class will be the captains for Saturday’s game.

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