In the past 10 years, some of the best players in the school's history have occupied that room, which sits on the first floor of the No. 3 Bulldogs' practice facility in the Butts-Mehre Building. Players like Richard Seymour, Marcus Stroud and Johnathan Sullivan, all of whom were picked in the top 13 of the NFL Draft.
"I'd hope they have a sense of pride about the room," Georgia's
defensive line coach said. "The room has produced some pretty good
players and they're the next in line. I think that may have been the
driving force behind Kedric this summer."
That's not so, said Kedric Golston, a junior defensive tackle.
"They were great players and I look up to them, but I think of the
guys here right now," he said. "I don't want to let anybody down.
I want to be accountable to the guys in that room now."
Golston enters the season as one of Georgia's starting nose tackle
with plenty of talent, but little production to show for it.
Despite suffering a broken leg in a car accident in September 2001, he
became the first true freshman nose tackle since Travis Stroud (1994) to
start the first game of the year. The leg injury, for which he had steel
rods put in his leg, continued to bother him, though, and he only
started two more games that year, finishing with 34 tackles.
Last year, he had the rods removed and appeared to be on his way to a
breakout season. He started the first six games of the season but then
suffered a broken shoulder blade during practice and missed the rest of
"Kedric has definitely come back this fall camp like a man on the
mission," Rodney Garner said.
However, a helmet to his right shoulder last week in practice has
slowed his development again. Golston missed Monday night's practice and
has now missed three days due to injured nerves. He doesn't believe the
injury is serious. In fact, he said, he feels better about his body than
he has since signing with the Bulldogs out of Sandy Creek High School.
"This is the first season I've had where I've been able to work out
all summer," he said. "I'm just more confident now."
Golston worked out so hard that he dropped from 300 pounds to 286,
which is too light for Garner.
" I wish he was 10 or 15 pounds heavier, but I really like his
attitude, his work ethic," Garner said. "I know for us to achieve our
goals, we need Kedric Golston, and we need him performing at a high
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