ATHENS – It was hardly the way Kris Durham wanted things to play out, but sometimes things have a way of working out in strange ways.
Durham was preparing for a breakout senior season last spring when he hurt his shoulder, and the ensuing surgery to repair the damage kept him on the sidelines for the entire year. After seeing regular playing time for three seasons, waiting and watching was no easy task.
As it turns out, however, it was just what Georgia needed. The Bulldogs have just five other scholarship receivers on their roster, and Durham will be the only senior of the bunch this season. That makes his extra year in Athens a serendipitous turn of events.
"It's been a blessing in disguise," Durham said. "I wanted to come back for Joe (Cox) and all the seniors, and you don't want to sit out a year. It's hard after you've already played. But I definitely learned a lot, and sitting back and taking a year off makes you appreciate the game more."