ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia defensive tackle Kedric Golston will miss spring practice after having surgery on his right leg.
Golston played in every game, including three starts, as a true freshman after making a dramatic recovery from a broken femur he suffered in a car wreck during his senior season at Sandy Creek High School.
Golston had the steel rod implanted in his leg to aid the recovery, and in the most recent surgery he had the rod removed.
Though Golston will miss spring practice, Coach Mark Richt said Saturday there should be no question about Golston's status for preseason practice in August.
"They feel like (having the rod removed) is really going to help him,'' Richt said as he previewed the March 1 start of spring practice. "It was bothering him a little bit last year.''
Added Richt: "It won't be long after (spring practice), sometime in the middle of the summer, that he is back to full speed.''
Richt said safety Olaolu Sanni-Osomo of LaGrange may be less than full speed this spring as he continues to recover from knee surgery that kept him out last season. Tailback Albert Hollis also is not yet full speed as he continues to recover from a serious knee injury; he will participate in practice but won't be exposed to contact drills.
Sanni-Osomo can play linebacker or safety but now is projected as a safety.
Meanwhile, sophomore offensive guard Reggie Weeks of Smiths, Ala., is expected to be full speed following his serious knee injury two years ago.
Originally signed as a defensive lineman, Weeks moved to offense last year and is listed behind Bartley Miller at tight guard.
Also, redshirt freshman Marquis Elmore, who also can play linebacker, is on the tentative pre-spring depth chart at defensive end.
"(Defensive end) is where he's going to be,'' Richt said. "We really haven't had a chance to see what he can do.''
Georgia has set April 5 for its G-Day game. It will have 11 days off for spring break, beginning March 14, before resuming practice on March 25.