"I feel better today than I did yesterday," he said. "It was a freak accident that could have happened to anyone. I was running a pass route and stepped on a teammate's toe. I thought it was just a sprain."
But it wasn't. Lumpkin learned Monday night that he had a torn ACL.
Lumpkin had 523 yards rushing on 112 attempts last season. He scored six touchdowns. Lumpkin gave Georgia a powerful punch against Florida, and started coming into his own at the end of the season. His fourth quarter fumble against Purdue nearly cost Georgia the game, but he recovered in overtime to give the Bulldogs the winning margin.
The Bulldogs will now depend on Danny Ware, the current number one runner on the team, as well as Michael Cooper, Tony Milton, and Tyson Browning, all of whom missed at least part of spring practice with an injury of some sort.
Their absence from spring football allowed Lumpkin to take firm control of the number one running back spot. He was also named then Most Improved Running Back during spring ball. He ran for 43 yards on eight carries in Georgia's annual spring game.
"Rehab started Tuesday and I will have surgery next Thursday," Lumpkin said. He is sitting in on meetings with the team. "I'll be more hungry next season when I get back."