One of UGA’s top recruits likely to miss season after back surgery


Georgia coach Mark Richt signed two of Tennessee's top high school players, OL Austin Long and WR Marlon Brown (AJC)

Georgia coach Mark Richt signed two of Tennessee's top high school players, OL Austin Long and WR Marlon Brown (AJC)

Athens – Offensive lineman Austin Long, one of the biggest names in Georgia’s 2009 recruiting class, underwent back surgery in Memphis on Monday.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said he expects Long to enroll as scheduled in the fall and to red-shirt for the ’09 season.

“By the end of the season, maybe by bowl practice, he might could get some work and be ready for spring [2010],” Richt said. “We’ll just get him through this, get him healthy and get him competing as soon as we can.”

Long, a 6-5, 268-pounder, attends Briarcrest Christian in Memphis. ranked him the No. 6 offensive tackle in the nation.



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  • 30 comments Add your comment


    March 30th, 2009
    9:29 pm

    Austin will be fine. The redshirt year will only benefit him.


    March 30th, 2009
    9:40 pm

    I love this kid. I love the way he finishes all his blocks. Hope you’ll feel better soon Austin! We need you next season!



    March 30th, 2009
    10:12 pm

    This may be a blessing in disguise for the young man. He can put some education behind him, and it looks like he is a little underweight. So, he can hit Bolton and Snelling a few times a put on that freshman 10-15-20 pounds, for some some of us a little more. I’m sure he’ll be able to rehab and hit up the weight room too.


    March 30th, 2009
    11:31 pm

    We will be fine, and so will he. We have some good linemen ready for the year, and some of the younger guys are getting lots of reps this spring with the older guys rehabing. This is where the depth that Coach Richt has built pays off, and it is only getting better. I am loving the fact that this team is flying under the radar so far. They are going to be very good.


    March 31st, 2009
    12:39 am

    Austin Long is a great kid. He has a great family as well. I hope for a speedy recovering and not for football, but for his own well being.

    Al Sharpton

    March 31st, 2009
    1:42 am


    The Lawd will take care o the dawgs!



    March 31st, 2009
    2:07 am

    Preacher coach, pray for instant healing. You mutts better be lucky Paul Johnson didn’t offer him because he would’ve signed with G-T my sources say.


    March 31st, 2009
    4:19 am

    Techster, you’re an idiot. Paul Johnson didn’t offer him because he knew he couldn’t get him. If you want to engage in fantasy, stick to Dungeons and Dragons. I hear it’s pretty big on North Avenue. You could even be a wizard, conjuring up all sorts of fantastic events, like Austin Long’s signing by the Jackets or a second consecutive Tech win over Georgia (neither of which has more than a snowball’s chance in Hades of happening).


    March 31st, 2009
    4:41 am

    techster we are going to have to bring you guys back down to earth. you guys have been very arrogant since you beat us I beleive that you guys will be humbled this year.

    [...] Tim Tucker of the AJC reports that Georgia’s top offensive line recruit is likely out for the season. [...]

    Austin Idol

    March 31st, 2009
    8:01 am

    Typical stupid dogs. Try to come up with some other smack besides the worn out dungeons and dragons, heeldog. Surely you are a bit smarter than that, but I doubt it. The Jacket fans are not being arrogant, just stating the facts. The dogs will lose again to the Jackets.


    March 31st, 2009
    8:11 am

    deacondog….268 is under weight for a 6′5 guy, what do you want to do slow him down…if he gains weight…that might be a bad thing. You want a big, but agile tackle to handle those speedy ends. Guards should put on weight, takles needed to maintain a size that will allow them to have good foot work….


    March 31st, 2009
    8:56 am

    Austin we probably will never get to quit making fun of you playing dungeons and dragons because more of your students play D&D than actually date girls. Also you jacket fans are not being arrogant and we did give you a win last year, but you are being delusional in believing that we will give you any more wins anytime soon.



    March 31st, 2009
    9:02 am

    Ready by bowl practice? Getting a little ahead of ourselves arent we Saint Richt.


    March 31st, 2009
    9:19 am

    techster…you’re an idiot. I guess he wasn’t rated high enough for CPJ to offer right?? what a joke!

    [...] Tim Tucker of the AJC reports that Georgia’s top offensive line recruit is likely out for the season. [...]

    Reaility Check....

    March 31st, 2009
    9:22 am

    Get Over It needs a reality check…..Dawgs will be in a bowl this year…

    Reaility Check....

    March 31st, 2009
    9:23 am

    There is no hope for techster…..


    March 31st, 2009
    9:40 am

    After getting picked 3rd in the East next year, will that mean another loss to GT and a 7-5 record? Maybe the pups will lose to Vandy and Kentucky in the same year again in 2009!!!!


    March 31st, 2009
    10:01 am

    Look, Techies haven’t just become arrogant since last November…they’ve always been arrogant, it’s just that even they realized just how stupid it sounded for them to mouth off when they were getting their butts beat each year. I mean you couldn’t even find enough of ‘em to have a quorum on the Paul Johnson Bandwagon at the beginning of last season, and now look at ‘em. If it took a three-point victory for them to have rings made and a championship declared, fine…have fun cause it ain’t gonna last and in three years you’ll be calling for PJ’s head. It’s just who you are.


    March 31st, 2009
    10:14 am

    GT has their biggest game of the year the same day we have our “so what” game. So they won one. If they can hang your slide-rule on that…

    [...] to move to end in yesterday’s scrimmage.UGA:  One of Georgia’s top signees will likely miss the season due to back surgery.UF:  Just four practices into spring and Urban Meyer is already disappointed in his offense.UF:  [...]

    Vandy Guy

    March 31st, 2009
    11:24 am

    It always seems like UGA loses 4 or 5 starters in spring and fall practice. It seems like they lose more than the norm.


    March 31st, 2009
    11:44 am

    cmr is referring to the Blue Rug Bowl.


    March 31st, 2009
    12:04 pm

    baseballvol – who picked UGA third in the east?? Let me guess…your dumba$$, lol!!

    hem o'roid

    March 31st, 2009
    1:13 pm

    My condolences to Austin Long. Hate to see any young guy w/back problems needing surgery. Get well Austin and soon. Sorry, but Tech is gonna pummel the leg humpers again this year and several more to come. thwg!


    March 31st, 2009
    1:25 pm

    OHSO, CMR can’t be referring to the Blue Rug Bowl because gtu already has a death grip on that one. It’s one they can occasionally win.



    March 31st, 2009
    4:35 pm

    As much as I hate Tech I have to admit that they won fair and square last season in Athens. Paul Johnson made a believer out of me with that triple option. UGA’s defense had better improve their tackling skills or it will be another long day come thanksgiving weekend in 2009.


    April 1st, 2009
    3:48 pm

    Another one Bites the Dust !


    April 13th, 2009
    1:08 pm

    D J Holmes 6′1″ 275 OT/DT from FAMU High in Tallahassee Florida would be a still if UGA could get him to sign you could check out him highlight film on “YOU TUBE”, type in “DERRICK HOLMES FAMU”