That's the bad news. In case you're not a diehard, or just need a refresher course, the Cliff Notes version of one of the hardest luck stories in recent Bulldogs follows.
Coates came to Georgia from Greenwood, S.C. with the body of an NFL safety and a pedigree that suggested he might one day be one. He had 50 tackles and three interceptions in the only four games he played as a senior in high school was considered on the top three safeties in his home state, but Coates never made it to the NFL. In fact, he never made it onto the field as a Bulldog.
In his freshman season of 2005, Coates tore his ACL, the same one he had torn during his senior season at Greenwood High School. After a year of rehab, Coates returned to the team the next fall eager to make up for lost time, only to tear the other ACL during preseason practice. Clearly, Coates is not scared off easily because he endured another entire year of rehab and returned in time for fall practice once again.
And then, on Aug. 25 of 2007, he suffered another ACL tear, making a grand total of four in four years, three to the same leg. Coates finally succumbed to the reality of his situation and gave up football, taking a medical redshirt but promising to stay as involved as possible with the football program.
Now here's the good news: he has made good on that promise.