Georgia starting linebacker Dent has surgery, out 4-6 weeks

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Georgia linebacker Akeem Dent, a projected starter, had surgery early this morning on an injured toe and is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks, UGA said.

That timeline means Dent will miss most, if not all, of preseason practice and makes him questionable for the Sept. 4 season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette.

Georgia said Dent injured his left big toe in an off-field accident last week. Details on the injury were not released.

Dent had outpatient surgery performed at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens by orthopedic physician Dr. Joe Johnson, the UGA football team’s foot and ankle specialist.

The surgery came on the morning after coach Mark Richt told the Greater Atlanta Bulldog Club that the team seemed set to enter preseason camp “the healthiest we’ve been since I’ve been at Georgia.”

Dent, a senior from Atlanta, came out of spring practice No. 1 on Georgia’s depth chart at strong-side inside linebacker. which Georgia calls the “Mike” linebacker.  Sophomore Mike Gilliard and senior Akeem Hebron were Nos. 2 and 3 on the depth chart behind Dent at that position.

At the weak-side inside-linebacker spot,  called the “Mo” position, redshirt sophomore Christian Robinson emerged from spring practice as the starter, with junior Marcus Dowtin No. 2 and junior Richard Samuel, a converted tailback, No. 3.

Dent’s injury will lead to some shuffling between the two inside-linebacker spots in preseason practice, which begins next week. If Dent misses the season opener, Robinson and Dowtin likely would start at the two ILB positions.

Dowtin started four games last season, including the wins over Georgia Tech in the regular-season finale and Texas A&M in the Independence Bowl. Dowtin was third on the team in tackles for the season with 57, more than any other returning player.

121 comments Add your comment

Worm

July 27th, 2010
8:54 am

Godspeed young man!

Sweat Socks

July 27th, 2010
8:55 am

Not even going to say it…

jrmjr5

July 27th, 2010
8:57 am

A toe injury could be several things Cracked, broke, ingrown toe nail etc… .Exactly what surgery/injury did Akeem have on his toe? A big toe injury can linger. I hope not. Go Dawgs!

Spike

July 27th, 2010
8:57 am

Get well soon, and then GATA!!

Things that make you go hmmm.....

July 27th, 2010
9:02 am

I guess if nothing else this will eliminate any discussion of red-shirting Richard Samuel.

Moronic Tech Fan

July 27th, 2010
9:03 am

What a THUG!! It’s obvious he was drunk, and running from the cops and tripped!!! What a THUG!!!! Just what kind of program is being run out in Athens! THUG-U!!!!! Paul Johnson wouldn’t recruit LB’s with toe problems!!!

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Joey

July 27th, 2010
9:08 am

Here we go again. Getting an early start on the injuries this season . . .

BurningRedBleedingBlack

July 27th, 2010
9:12 am

Well good news is, another player will get to show what hes made out of, Good luck akeem GO DAWGS!!

Pope UGA XXIII

July 27th, 2010
9:17 am

Great post from the “Moronic Tech Fan” !!!
It’s good to laff during the day and this one helps.

Dap01

July 27th, 2010
9:19 am

The word is that Dent was trying to get to his car at the Tech game (on a Thursday night against Poindexter State) and while running from the muggers, he tripped and hurt his toe. Lucky there are never any cars in the parking lot at Tech games or he could have been seriously hurt.

ForsythDawg

July 27th, 2010
9:22 am

Ha! Nice post Moronic. You beat the Tech Trolls to it!

Old Man Tate

July 27th, 2010
9:24 am

Left foot or right foot?

Dawgs ruin this state

July 27th, 2010
9:26 am

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

jdawg

July 27th, 2010
9:26 am

Gosh, Richt just mentioned last night how healthy we were going into the season…maybe they did not tell him about surgery? They will just shuffle it around…

RunningDog

July 27th, 2010
9:27 am

Of course, one of the things Coach Richt said at the Cobb meeting last night that we had been bless with no major injuries thus far. Dent probably broke his toe somewhere at that exact moment.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

July 27th, 2010
9:27 am

hopefully no issues with the rehab and he’ll be back out there. time for the #2 and #3 to step up. good luck Dent!!

bardawg

July 27th, 2010
9:27 am

Don’t bust on the North Ave. nitwits too badly, after all they are rather amusing at their weak attemps. Just be thankful that Dent isn’t hurt any worse than he is.

PreyDawg

July 27th, 2010
9:28 am

Will this team EVER stay healty again??!! I know injuries are a part of football but we seem to lead the SEC in major injuries to key players. And this one has to come before we ever hit the first time! How many SEC titles would Richt have if we could stay at 70% healthy starters once in a while. Linebacker was already a concern with the switch to the 3-4

fan

July 27th, 2010
9:30 am

dawgs ruin this state, no WE OWN THIS STATE!!! Are there any tech fans outside of Atlanta??? two words, hell no!!!!

Dawg Fan

July 27th, 2010
9:32 am

Chalk crap like this up to Joe Paterno…if we still had athletic dorms the players could be kept from most injuries like this..

Schmeckdawg

July 27th, 2010
9:33 am

Are @#%$@^ me. Injuries starting already, and in a position where we can least afford them. Dammitt!!!!!!!!

Me

July 27th, 2010
9:41 am

And so it begins. Over/under is eight days for the first lineman to go down.

SKB

July 27th, 2010
9:42 am

lame….

I hope he gets better

Flo-Ri-Duh!

July 27th, 2010
9:42 am

What is the left 1st toe? Are we talking about the big toe or little toe? What a dumb description of an injury. My guess is this is the big toe. Dent has a history of injuries unfortunately and he will probably miss the 1st game of the season and likely the 2nd game. It takes a while for a big toe injury to heal.

Ropedawg

July 27th, 2010
9:43 am

Good luck with the recovery Akeem. Sounds like he should be back in time for the showdown in Columbia?

Bobby Dodd

July 27th, 2010
9:44 am

I want my name back. Stop using my name for your sorry, empty, never-sold-out stadium, you silly nerds.

McDawg

July 27th, 2010
9:45 am

very bad news-he was the ket to LB corps-at least its not his hamstring

Flo-Ri-Duh!

July 27th, 2010
9:50 am

Moronic Tech fan – that comment was “moronic”….. congrats you live up to your name. Dent has never been accused of any offense and never been disciplined for any thing and you slander his good name. Where are the lawyers when you need one of the blood suckers?

Paddy

July 27th, 2010
9:51 am

If all went well in surgery, we should have him back for almost the entire season. Players get hurt and good teams never look back. Same goes for good fans.

boots

July 27th, 2010
9:56 am

Obviously Coach Richt is not conditioning the players’ big toes enough. If he were really running a tight ship, we would have mat drills designed to work the big toes and make them the strongest in the SEC. I would have also hoped our coaching staff would have nightly foot inspections to have anticipated this. They don’t call it FOOTBALL for nothing. Coach Myers and Saban do, and do you hear of any big toe problems coming from their LB corp? NO! Just another sign of our program falling down, and we will probably end up losing every game if this continues. Were are the headlines AJC??? UGA FOOT-GATE GROWS LIKE A FUNGUS. Where are the articles from the great columnist around here??? Will the NCAA be investigating Dent’s foot now and interviewing the other 9 toes to see what happened?

Tim Tucker

July 27th, 2010
9:57 am

Old Man Tate: Left foot.

Hill Town

July 27th, 2010
10:02 am

As long as he back in time for game 2, we’re good to go. We don’t need him for La Lafeyette.

Alabama Jack

July 27th, 2010
10:05 am

Hope you get well soon, young man. We want everyone healthy for the Tech game, so there will be no excuses for the shellacking.

SKB

July 27th, 2010
10:10 am

@Alabama Jack
lets hope he gets well for all the games

GADawg4Life

July 27th, 2010
10:14 am

Moronic Tech Fan

Your name sums it all up.

Burdell

July 27th, 2010
10:16 am

Flo-ri-duh….surely you know that Moronic Tech Fan was a joke, right? And not a bad one either…

Sorry to hear about Dent…both Tech and UGA need to keep these LBs healthy with the transition to 3-4…until the recruiting classes can provide some depth. But Dowtin is certainly capable and experienced.

Looking forward to a great season for both teams! 39 days!!

GO JACKETS!

Ropedawg

July 27th, 2010
10:23 am

Wish all fans were classy like Burdell. High five buddy… I’m with you. Can’t wait for the season to get going!

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July 27th, 2010
10:26 am

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Jesse James

July 27th, 2010
10:34 am

Dang it seems Coach Richt could keep an eye on all ten toes of each player. God what kind of coach is he? Seems like he would do a toe check each night. Coach Richt has put up with more crap than all the SEC coaches put together and don’t give me the 42 arrests deal. There is more crap at these other schools, shootings, killings, players selling drugs, players stealing from each other. Yes college athletics does have a problem handling this culture that is creating these problems.

GW

July 27th, 2010
10:46 am

Dent’s injury is leftover from the Tech game. I saw Nesbitt purposefully twisting his toe at the bottom of the pile 5 yards behind the LOS.

ToccoaDawg

July 27th, 2010
11:00 am

better to do it now so he will be back by the time Arkie rolls around

Better Perspective

July 27th, 2010
11:02 am

Dent is a very respectful, well mannered young man from my experience. When I’ve dealt with him he always carried himself in a mature, humble manner. If he’s a thug, I wish all of our players were thugs. Let’s give credit where credit is due. He’ll be crackin’ heads this fall… no doubt about it… the new scheme is perfect for him.

Gratefuldawghead

July 27th, 2010
11:13 am

My South Georgia DAWG Mike Gilliard can get the job done!

GTSteve

July 27th, 2010
11:13 am

Maybe a little off subject, is he any relationship to Richard Dent of the dominating Bears teams in the mid 80’s…wasnt he from Atlanta also

GTSteve

July 27th, 2010
11:14 am

I should have said “is he related to”, don’t hit me about my grammar this morning, and good grief, I almost misspelled grammar

BirdDog

July 27th, 2010
11:17 am

Here we go again! By the time camp is over, there will be more casualties I’m afraid. UGA has the worst luck with pre-season injuries…ugh!!!

[...] to go into preseason camp, without one of its projected starters on defense. Senior linebacker Akeem Dent had surgery Tuesday morning on an injured toe stemming from what Georgia called an “off-field accident” last week. [...]

Southy706

July 27th, 2010
11:24 am

Where in the world is Chip at??? He hasnt given us anything new in quite some time..

J-bone

July 27th, 2010
11:39 am

freakin Joe Johnson is a versatile asset…