Senior fullback Brannan Southerland took another step toward returning to action Wednesday after doctors examined his injured foot, which he had surgery on in June.
Southerland said doctors reviewed the results of a CT scan he completed Monday and were pleased with the results.
"There's a little bit of a ways to go in the healing process. This bone is just very, very slow healing," Southerland said. "But he was very happy with where it was at. We're going to progress with the foot as it will let us now. We're treating it symptomatic now."
Southerland said he will transition out of a protective boot over the next few days and said he hoped to return to action in time for the Bulldogs' game against Arizona State on Sept. 20.
The June surgery was the second for Southerland for the same injury, and he said that setback has provided good motivation to take this rehab slowly.
"I want to be out there and play in the first game, all the games I want to be out there," Southerland said. "But any time I think about that I remind myself of the disappointment I had when I found out I had to have the second surgery, so I don't want to have to have a third surgery."
GOING FOR GOLD
Tony Wilson hasn't had much free time the past two weeks. The sophomore wide receiver has been battling injuries and working to keep his place on the depth chart, but he said he has also made time to watch the Olympics.
Wilson ran track in high school and said he records the Olympics daily so he can keep up with his second favorite sport.
"When I got to college, I wanted to run, but my priority was football and taking care of school," Wilson said. "But any chance I get to watch the Olympics, it's amazing. I record everything. I just like seeing people run, that's just me."
There's a bit of personal connection to the events for Wilson, too. In high school, he ran against American sprinter Walter Dix and swimmer Ryan Lochte attended a neighboring high school.
"It's kind of amazing seeing somebody I ran against in high school now running in the Olympics and doing as good a job as he's doing," Wilson said.
Wilson's signature event was the 200 meter, he said, and he was sufficiently impressed by Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who set the world record in the 200.
"He's probably a couple of months older than me – I'm 20, he's 21 – and for him to be running that fast, I was wondering what they're doing over there in Jamaica," Wilson said.
BLACK AND BLUE
Richt said the only serious injury in Thursday's scrimmage was to linebacker Charles White. Richt said White hurt his Achilles on the first play of the game, but he was not aware of the severity of the injury.