Injured Southern player ‘understands road in front of him’
Southern football coach Dawson Odums was back in Athens on Monday to be with injured wide receiver Devon Gales.
Odums said there was no change in Gales’ condition since undergoing spinal surgery Sunday at Athens Regional Hospital to stabilize neck fractures. The school has said Gales has movement in his upper body.
“He’s in good spirits,” Odums said. “I talked to him today. He’s speaking and talking and he understands the road that’s in front of him. He’s a great, great guy who has the will and determination to overcome whatever problems he may have.”
Georgia coach Mark Richt said Sunday that he may call on Bulldog fans to “help out” Gales if there’s a “time when there may be some needs.”
Odums said Georgia has responded in a time of need for Southern and Gales, a third-year sophomore who walked onto the team out of high school in Baton Rouge, La. He was injured while blocking on a third-quarter kickoff return.
“Dawg Nation up here at Georgia has been so kind and so grateful to us,” Odums said. “We really appreciate all the support. …. The UGA family has been great to us and opened their doors to us and really helped us in this process and we’re grateful for it.”
He did not know when Gales may be able to return home to Baton Rouge.
“He’s what you want in a son,” Odums said. “Not only him, but a lot of players in our program. That’s why I think our program is able to handle the adversity that’s thrown at it. He’s a loving guy, a fun guy to be around.”
Odums was joined by wide receivers coach Chris Coleman and the team’s trainer and team doctor.
Gales’ parents were flown in from Louisiana by Georgia.
“He has support,” Odums said.
Southern has an open date on its schedule this week. Odums planned to return to Louisiana and be back at practice on Tuesday.
UGA-Tennessee on CBS
Georgia football is becoming semi-regular programming for CBS on Saturday afternoons.
The Bulldogs will play on the network in the marquee SEC time slot again on Oct. 10 at Tennessee at 3:30 p.m.
That will be Georgia’s third appearance on CBS in its first six games.
Georgia’s home game against Alabama this Saturday is also on CBS at 3:30. The Bulldogs SEC opening win at Vanderbilt on Sept. 12 was also shown on CBS.
There’s already another game on CBS coming for Georgia: the annual tilt with Florida on Oct. 31 will air on the network.
This and that
Outside linebacker Davin Bellamy (concussion) and safety Rico McGraw (knee) are questionable for Saturday’s game against Alabama, Richt indicated on his radio show Monday night. Bellamy and McGraw have both gotten starts this season. McGraw has missed the last two games and “is kind of day to day,” Richt said. Fullback Christian Payne is expected to be out again due to a leg injury and inside linebacker Reggie Carter (shoulder) is unlikely to play. …Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, who injured a shoulder Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe, practiced on Monday. …Georgia practiced in the rain on Monday afternoon …Saturday’s captains for Georgia: Nick Chubb, John Theus, Leonard Floyd and Sony Michel.