Lomax gaining on scales

ATHENS – Jeremy Lomax was considered a project when he was being recruited by the Bulldogs in 2004. Unfortunately, not much has happened to change that label since he arrived on campus. Depth and injuries have limited Lomax's time on the playing field, and now, after adding weight, he's fighting to get onto the field as much as possible in 2006.

But that won't be any easy thing to do. Georgia has two of the top defensive ends in the country, with Lomax behind potential All-American Quentin Moses and Charles Johnson on one side of the defensive line.

"It's great to learn from them," said Jeremy Lomax. "Charles is on one side – Quentin is on the other, and he was second in the SEC in sacks last year. Both of them bring something to the table that I can learn from."

At Lovejoy, Lomax was an All-State Honorable Mention after racking up 184 tackles and 24 career sack, but he's played in only four games his entire career at Georgia with one tackle and four quarterback pressures. He redshirted in 2004 behind Moses, Charles Johnson and David Pollack, and then sat out most of the rest of 2005 with an ankle injury he suffered against Mississippi State.

With his return from injury, Lomax will have to fight his way to more playing time this fall. Before he got hurt last year he felt comfortable with the amount of time he got.

"We have a great rotation," he said. "I think I am going to get my snaps again like I did before. I felt like I got a pretty good amount of snaps. I think I will be back in the rotation."

Lomax underwent surgery during Sugar Bowl practices, then sat out all of Georgia's spring drills. Now completely recovered, he knows that getting back onto the gridiron is important.

"I am feeling great. I am finally healthy," Jeremy Lomax explained. "I am ready to play."

The 6-4, 235 redshirt sophomore has also struggled to keep weight on, a problem common for players his size that have a background in basketball. He described it as one of the most difficult things he's had to do since coming to college last fall, but his work is starting to pay off.

"I have gained 15 pounds over the summer," he said with a smile. "I am about 235 now."

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