UGA 5-star LB Ray Drew injured in Sunday scooter accident

Ray Drew poses for his AJC Super 11 photo last summer. (Photo by Jason Getz)

Ray Drew poses for his AJC Super 11 photo last summer. (Photo by Jason Getz)

ATHENS – Another weekend, another scooter crash.

The latest victim is linebacker Ray Drew. The star freshman from Thomasville apparently wiped out on his scooter Sunday coming home from church and suffered a sprained shoulder as a result. UGA announced the accident in a two-sentence news release sent out at 9:01 a.m. Monday morning. The exact extent of Drew’s injuries is unknown but availability for practice is “day-to-day,” according to UGA director of sports medicine Ron Courson.

Drew was a five-star-rated recruiting prospect and high school All-American coming out of Thomas County Central. He’s currently running second-team weakside (or Will) linebacker behind junior Cornelius Washington.

Drew was not available for comment but sent out a tweet on Twitter.com indicating his was going to be OK. “I’m so glad I don’t look like what I’ve been through . . . praise God.”

Defensive end Derrick Lott suffered a gash on his right leg in a scooter accident earlier this summer and was sidelined for a month. Linebacker Chase Vasser had an accident with injuries in the spring of 2010. And, of course, baseball player Chance Veazey was paralyzed after a scooter accident in 2009.

Dozens of football players and other UGA athletes use the small, motorized scooters to zip around campus because they’re easy to park and inexpensive to operate. An area next to the Butts-Mehre football complex is known as “scooter alley” because of the dozens of scooters parked there daily.

328 comments Add your comment

Kirk Hilles

August 15th, 2011
10:04 am

What’s the deal with scooters!

JYD

August 15th, 2011
10:05 am

pdawg

August 15th, 2011
10:05 am

Once more reason why they should pay these student athletes

Really

August 15th, 2011
10:06 am

Man UGA needs to ban these things! Seriously, glad he’s not hurt too bad.

LowerAL Dawg

August 15th, 2011
10:07 am

Maybe UGA needs to have Scooter 101…

B

August 15th, 2011
10:08 am

“…because of they’re easy to park….” Might wanna fix that one.

Worm

August 15th, 2011
10:08 am

Get well soon big guy..With gas prices and the parking situation on campus, guys depend on scooters..

UGA Insider

August 15th, 2011
10:08 am

I hear Ray Drew is really making a big push to start.

Joe

August 15th, 2011
10:09 am

and so the debacle of 2011 begins……

TGT

August 15th, 2011
10:10 am

Get rid of the scooters and make them ride a bike! I made it through my time in Athens with my bike, and I never had a single injury.

Joey

August 15th, 2011
10:11 am

You mean, “WAS making a push to start,” Insider . . .

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 15th, 2011
10:11 am

I thought the same thing LowerAL Dawg. Sounds like we need some safety training or Scooters.

Big Dirty Dawg

August 15th, 2011
10:13 am

murfdawg

August 15th, 2011
10:13 am

This sounds like the old Groucho Marx joke.

Cuz

August 15th, 2011
10:13 am

Ban the dang things before we can’t field a team.

chc4

August 15th, 2011
10:15 am

The only reliable things in our football program the last few years are green non-contact jerseys, no OL depth and scooter accidents. Pretty pathetic.

funny...

August 15th, 2011
10:15 am

The scooters are a sense of entitlement. It allows the players to park in front of all of the buildings and places that the other students aren’t allowed to park. They park them in motorcycle parking. It’s only a matter of time before other students catch on.

The problem with the scooters is that they are getting in the way of the buses, cars, and pedestrians on an already WAYYY overcrowded campus. Plus they’re football players and they ride around like they own the place.

DougsMugs

August 15th, 2011
10:16 am

arrrrggghhh

Bike, walk or jog around campus. Ban the dumb scooters.

funny...

August 15th, 2011
10:17 am

Georgia needs to pony up for an athletic dorm near the Dooley (Butts-Mehre) center. They’ve got enough money.

Gregg

August 15th, 2011
10:19 am

Can ANY student have a scooter on campus if they choose?

Red Fox

August 15th, 2011
10:19 am

Scholarship atheletes should sign contracts stating what is acceptable, risk averse behavior

schmeckdawg

August 15th, 2011
10:21 am

funny…

August 15th, 2011
10:17 am
Georgia needs to pony up for an athletic dorm near the Dooley (Butts-Mehre) center. They’ve got enough money.

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I wish that they could still have athletic dorms, but, the genius’ at the NCAA banned them many years ago. That’s where I think that if we could still have them, a lot of the problems going on like arrests’ would be culled!

schmeckdawg

August 15th, 2011
10:23 am

@DougsMugs

I’m with you 100%. Hell, walk or ride the damn bus like 99% of the other students do!

TTOUGH44

August 15th, 2011
10:24 am

Sadly one of my high school friends was killed in a scooter accident in Athens 1976. One can not be too careful while riding a scooter and certainly watch out for other vehicles!

tony

August 15th, 2011
10:24 am

Either Boise State is during a good job of keeping their team injuries and incidents behind close doors or the media in Idaho is protecting their team from outside criticism because I havn’t heard anything bad about their team.

UGA Insider

August 15th, 2011
10:32 am

I remember when Mushchamp would drive his little scooter by the KA House and he thought he was so cool. It is an entitlement thing and normally you don’t have a scooter unless you are an athlete. Normal peasants like us had to ride a bus or walk. Anyways, When Muschamp would ride his scooter to the frat house someone would always kick it over. Then after the UF debacle in which Chris Doering lit him up for about 200 yard recieving at Sanford Stadium we never saw him again on that scooter.

pfff much a do about nothing

August 15th, 2011
10:33 am

he will be fine, he has scooter 101 and basketweaving classes this semester—all is well, besides he wasn’t arrested

DawginLex

August 15th, 2011
10:33 am

Really schmeckdawg? Banned by the NCAA?

I hadn’t heard that.

UK has “Wildcat Lodge” where the basketball players live but there are some general population students in there. It sure helps having 1 place where the b-ball coaches can go to check curfews etc.

I guess having the general population students mixed in keeps it within NCAA guidelines?

D A DoubleU G

August 15th, 2011
10:33 am

Scooters are part of the culture in Athens.

Those of you who are so selfish that you expect these KIDS to live in bubbles so that you can be entertained by them 12 Saturdays every fall need to find a new hobby.

Get well soon Ray! Get back on that scooter and enjoy what makes your time in Athens so great!

GO DAWGS!!!

Go Dawgs!

August 15th, 2011
10:33 am

SHEESH!! Enough with the scooters already! How about a couple of athletic dept shuttle buses to keep all the athletes off these darn things! At the very least limit their use to off season time only.

anotherdawg

August 15th, 2011
10:34 am

What’s wrong with using bicycles? They would be easier to park, plus build those leg muscles for Joe T.

DawginLex

August 15th, 2011
10:35 am

What happened to Chance Veazey was no joke. We really don’t need to joke about this either because Ray could have been seriously hurt.

Hopefully he heals quickly and gets back out there

UGA Insider

August 15th, 2011
10:36 am

When is Cynthia Tucker going to get her scooter??? Mike Adams should be ashamed to hire such a hack.

LawDawg

August 15th, 2011
10:36 am

They drive scooters because UGA does not pay players. A similar story out of Tuscaloosa, Auburn, Miami, or Pasadena would have the player getting injured in an Escalade accident

Patrick

August 15th, 2011
10:37 am

Ban these athletes from using scooters… Get em bicycles!

Frank Lane

August 15th, 2011
10:37 am

I think that scooters make sense. They should ban all other vehicles on campus.

Nothing Could Be Finer

August 15th, 2011
10:38 am

Didn’t this guy play DE in high school?

Why are they trying him at LB?

Go Dawgs!

August 15th, 2011
10:41 am

Schmeck Dawg is right- worst move the NCAA made was the elimination of athletlic dorms.

Back in th day when they had “the Mac” (McWhorter Hall) there were a lot less incidents because there were grad asst’s and coaches performing bed checks and as I recall there were grad asst’s posted at the entrances to make sure athletes were following curfew rules and not sneaking out, and off campus living previledges were limited to Jrs and Srs only and even then they had to meet certain criteria for that.

Kind of hard for any coach to be responsible for the whereabouts of 85 players when they are scattered across multiple campus dorms and in apts around their respective college towns.

G'Vegas Dawg

August 15th, 2011
10:41 am

Here’s an idea. At the beginning of every summer have someone from cycle world come in and do a scooter safety class. I’m 100% serious. The reason there are so many accidents is becuase these kids don’t know how to ride them properly. It wouldn’t count as a practice, and I’m sure it could be arrainged for free.

carrie

August 15th, 2011
10:44 am

UGA Insider, this is not the forum for cheap political shots. Cynthia Tucker is a Pulitzer Prize winner, and whether you agree with her politics or not, she will be a fine addition the the Journalism School. After all, students need to have all sides of issues represented. That’s called an education.
Now to the matter at hand, scooters should probably be banned for athletes, but, Patrick, even bikes can cause serious injuries so I don’t know where you draw the line.

jarvis

August 15th, 2011
10:44 am

It’s official: “sense of entitlement” is the new “outside the box”

Buzz words suck worse that Buzz himself.

jarvis

August 15th, 2011
10:45 am

or “than”

What's it gonna take??

August 15th, 2011
10:46 am

I guess we’ll have to wait until some poor kid is catastrophically injured on one of these things until the coaches finally wise up and ban them.Honestly – how many brushses with disaster is it gonna take? I saw Aarron Murray tweet about being on a scooter Friday and almost passed out.

jarvis

August 15th, 2011
10:46 am

I’m with carrie. I can’t stand Cynthia Tucker, but why would the Journalism School be embarassed to have landed a Pulitzer Prize winner?

Dawg1959

August 15th, 2011
10:47 am

Yeah, this Cynthia Tucker to UGA thing sickens me. Michael Adams must have a pair of her Red Panties. Old Lewis Grizzard would be rolling over and jumping out of his grave right about now but If I am not mistaken he was creamated.

jarvis

August 15th, 2011
10:47 am

@What’s it gonna take??, I think you mean ANOTHER one catastropically hurt. We’ve already had a young man paralized.

gt2012

August 15th, 2011
10:47 am

dawginlex – Bingo. You can’t designate any building as “athlete” housing, but by mixing in general population students, you can still keep all of these athletes in the same area without making the NCAA angry. I believe that is the situation at UGA with the apartments by Ramsey. The same holds true with the apartments on our west campus near the pool.

SE GA Fan

August 15th, 2011
10:48 am

That Cynthia Tucker hiring was TOTALLY wrong!! She is so far left – I wouldn’t want her teaching my child. Does anyone know how to email or write to UGA about this hiring?

Spanky

August 15th, 2011
10:48 am

Nothing Could Be Finer – He did play DE in high school, but in the 3-4 defense, the “Will” LB is positioned a few feet behind where he’d normally line up. I’m pretty sure I’m right on that…fellas?

schmeckdawg

August 15th, 2011
10:48 am

@DawginLex

Yeah, the NCAA banned “athletic dorms” many years ago. I think they gave some BS reason that they didn’t like having the athlete’s separated from the regular student population.

All I know, is that back when we had McWhorter and these guy could be monitored much better, we didn’t have hardly any of the problems that we’ve had since the NCAAholes made yet another brilliant decision.