Houston to continue playing for Tech

ATHENS - Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley and Georgia Tech defensive back Reuben Houston were close friends in high school, Shockley said Tuesday.

They kept in touch during most of their college years, but they haven't talked since June 21, when Houston was arrested in Atlanta on charges out of California that he conspired to possess and distribute 100 pounds of marijuana with a street value of more than $60,000. The felony charge is still pending.

"I may call him this week to see how he's doing," Shockley said.

Shockley is looking forward to seeing his friend Saturday when the No. 14 Bulldogs and No. 20 Yellow Jackets play.

"I'll probably holler at him before the game and probably hear from him during the game some, too," Shockley said. "I was surprised (to hear about the charges). I really didn't know what to think at first. I was like everybody else."

Georgia Tech suspended Reuben Houston for the season at the time of his arrest, but a judge ruled earlier this month that he must be allowed back on the team. He returned last week and played as a nickel back in the Yellow Jackets' win over Miami on Saturday.

"I know he's happy to get a chance to come back," Shockley said. "That's his passion, football."

Georgia coach Mark Richt shied away from the topic of Houston's controversial return.

"I don't really know many details at all other than he's playing, and he's a great player and we have to be ready for him," Richt said. "I'm not sure how much he'll play, but he's an NFL football player for sure."

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