ATHENS, Ga. — If healthy, running back Tony Milton might have been one of the featured performers in Georgia spring football practice this year.
Instead, Milton will miss spring practice due to shoulder surgery planned for Tuesday at St. Mary's Hospital in Athens.
Georgia director of sports medicine Ron Courson said Milton suffered torn cartilage in his left shoulder last season and will be out of contact for six months following surgery. The timetable will allow for Milton, who will be a redshirt freshman, to be ready for the season.
"He should be full strength by the start of fall,'' Courson said.
Milton earned praise from members of the Georgia staff for his work on Georgia's scout team this year as he was held out as a redshirt. Milton had hoped to continue that momentum with a strong spring.
"I hate that I've got to have surgery, but it's something that I have to do,'' Milton said Friday. "I was getting better and better as the season went on. I'll be back lifting again by May or June.''
Milton might have played in 2001 as a true freshman, but he was slowed from the start of practice by a hamstring injury. He then suffered a separated left shoulder and a deep thigh contusion.
Milton said he suffered the torn cartilage when his shoulder was separated in September.
"Nobody knew it was hurt that bad,'' Milton said. "I can't really block without it giving.''
Meanwhile, third-year sophomore offensive guard Matt Adcock of Monroe, Ga., had similar surgery on his right shoulder Friday. He also will miss spring drills.
Courson said Milton and Adcock are the only players thus far who have required surgeries that will keep them out of spring practice.
Spring practice is tentatively scheduled to begin on March 4, with G-Day planned for April 6. If the schedule holds, Georgia would practice for two weeks, then take off for spring break before coming back for two more weeks of practice.
NOTE: Coach Mark Richt returned from a recruiting trip Friday and may have an announcement on the status of suspended cornerback Brandon Williams by early next week. Williams is one of three Georgia student-athletes named in an alleged on-campus rape on Jan. 14. No charges have been filed.