Richt: Drew ‘very fortunate’ scooter accident wasn’t worse

ATHENS — Another Georgia football player is sidelined with an injury from a motor-scooter accident — the second this summer.

Ray Drew, a highly touted freshman outside linebacker, suffered a separated right shoulder when he lost control of his scooter while returning to his dorm from church on Sunday. He is expected to miss practice until at least next week.

According to Athens-Clarke County Police, the accident occurred when Drew was driving downhill on Baldwin Street around 11:50 a.m., applied his brakes and was ejected from the scooter.

He was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital, where he was treated and released. No charges were filed and no other vehicles were involved in the incident, police said.

“Very thankfully, he wore his helmet,” coach Mark Richt said Monday. “He landed on his helmet and his shoulder. Another good thing was the shoulder won’t require any surgery. It was a separation, not a dislocation; the separation was not severe enough to warrant surgery. … He’s very fortunate it wasn’t worse than it was.”

Said Drew, via Twitter: “I’m so glad I don’t look like what I’ve been through … praise God.”

Officially, Georgia director of sports medicine Ron Courson listed Drew’s status as “day-to-day.” Richt said the chances of Drew returning to practice this week are “very slim.”

Many UGA athletes use small, motorized scooters to get around campus.

Tous scooter accident involving a Georgia athlete was the 2009 incident that left baseball player Chance Veazey paralyzed.

In July, defensive end Derrick Lott suffered a deep laceration on his right leg while attempting to park his scooter outside Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall. He missed the start of preseason practice but returned last week.

“We’ll look at it and talk about it,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said Monday of the athletes’ use of scooters.

“But what’s the alternative?” he added, noting the shortage of parking spaces for cars.

Said Richt: “It’s very difficult for some of these guys to get where they have to get because there is such a short window of time in between class and the tutoring and the study hall and lunch and getting here for treatment and taping and all that. The scooters have allowed those guys to get around, so I’m not ready to say no scooters. But they do need to be careful.”

A five-star prospect from Thomas County Central, Drew had been working as a second-team outside linebacker behind junior Cornelius Washington.

Washington said that he, coincidentally, started riding a scooter on Monday, unaware of Drew’s accident the day before.

“He’s walking around in a sling and what-not,” Washington said of Drew. “I don’t think he’s going to be on a scooter for a while.”

Etc.

Update from Monday’s practice on the injured tailbacks: Richard Samuel remained sidelined with a thigh injury; Isaiah Crowell wasn’t able to do much because of a groin injury; Ken Malcome was back at practice. … Samuel is unlikely to return to practice before next week but Crowell could come back possibly sooner, Richt said. … Offensive lineman Chris Burnette missed practice with a stomach bug. … Offensive lineman Austin Long, who has been sidelined with mononucleosis, was on the field in a green non-contact jersey. He is close to being able to practice, Richt said. … Richt was happy with Monday’s practice, particularly considering it was the first day of fall semester classes. “We’ve continued to have good leadership as far as trying to keep the energy flowing,” he said.

286 comments Add your comment

Dawg48

August 15th, 2011
9:29 pm

ban the scooters!

August 15th, 2011
9:33 pm

enough is enough!

dawggirl

August 15th, 2011
9:34 pm

Not so sure it’s time to ban them, but something needs to be done. Have a safety course, sign something, I don’t know.

I must have been living under a rock (or don’t follow UGA athletics much outside of football), because I hadn’t heard what happened to Chance Veazey. How horrible. Very thankful that Ray Drew wasn’t seriously injured, and let him take his time to heal up.

Rabun Dawg

August 15th, 2011
9:34 pm

Ban the scooters!!!

SD Dawg

August 15th, 2011
9:35 pm

I don’t read other blogs, but seriously, do other teams have all the crazy, stupid injuries that we do? Good grief! It seems like we cannot avoid this crap for anything.

Dawg_Mike

August 15th, 2011
9:36 pm

Too many scooter accidents and it’s also embarrassing. Do what we did back in the day- just freaking WALK.

Dawg_Mike

August 15th, 2011
9:37 pm

@SD Dawg : I agree 100%. ridic!!!

Ginger

August 15th, 2011
9:38 pm

Glad Ray was not hurt worse…could have been worse for sure. I hate that Chance Veazey was paralyzed a few yrs ago…..Think that UGA needs to be mandatory scooter safety course….wish that they could use golf carts.

superDawg

August 15th, 2011
9:41 pm

I say scoot the damn ball into the end zone.

superDawg

August 15th, 2011
9:43 pm

on the real side Ray I am glad you were in church GOD has a plan for you.All other DAWGS please be carefull scooting around.

JE

August 15th, 2011
9:48 pm

Sound like some of you have never walked across the UGA campus to class from one end to the other.

Worm

August 15th, 2011
9:50 pm

They could be at Tech and robbed every other day!

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 15th, 2011
9:52 pm

Glad Ray is ok but we have a serious issue at RB heading into Boise. We are not 6 weeks away here. We are two weeks. No Thomas, Samuels not back to th eweek of the game (Having not played th eposition for 2 years), True Freshman missing VALUABLE repetitions at practice, Malcome in and out of practice with injurys. Not overstating it here but this running attack is almost on th everge of being in shambles. CMR is certainly losing some sleep over the injury developments here.

MckDawg

August 15th, 2011
9:54 pm

this is a very delicate situation.
On the one hand, you want your student and especially student- athletes to have the freedom to ride something that is easy to park on campus and get them where they need to go in a timely manner.

However, when students are getting injured at a regular rate, steps have to be taken to at least educate these young people on the dangers of driving an exposed light motorized bike.

Sal in AL

August 15th, 2011
10:06 pm

It’s really pathetic when these morons can’t even handle a motor scooter. Heaven help us if they get cars.

And Richt continues to recruit these jerks.

KOOL

August 15th, 2011
10:10 pm

Walk!!!… or ride a bus!!!

Paul in NH (formerly RDU)

August 15th, 2011
10:12 pm

I learn something new every day – like the difference between a shoulder separation and dislocation. Separation is better but it still sounds like quite a painful injury.

http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/shouldersurgery/a/separation.htm

East Repeat

August 15th, 2011
10:13 pm

Lowcountry Bulldog says it all- only 2 weeks from this Saturday and games begin! Getting closer every minute. UGA better get settled or it will be tough.

King Gator

August 15th, 2011
10:20 pm

Team Scooter strikes again! Go Gators!

bad brad

August 15th, 2011
10:20 pm

Scooters are okay; just need to be careful.

AltamahaDawg

August 15th, 2011
10:21 pm

2 weeks till the season and SC offense is still moving backwards, Oline is razor thin, garcia can’t win the job, the Dbacks are even worse than last year. SC is in real trouble.

Concrete Pete

August 15th, 2011
10:23 pm

Ok the cute scooters have ran their course. They had run their course when Veasey had his terrible accident. Time to ban them, because the kids have no sort of training to properly operate them. If the school allows them, at least make the kids take a course similar to a motorcycle driving test required by the state

Hairy Dawg

August 15th, 2011
10:30 pm

Ban the damn scooters! Even though it’s not cool for athletees to walk, jog, or ride the bus to class like 99% of the student body.

AltamahaDawg

August 15th, 2011
10:31 pm

Why does everybody assume that after the Veasey accident and the one earlier this year, nobody has thought of instructing them about safe operating. I’m guessing they have. We’ve got literally hundred and a half or so athletes driving them all over the place for year now. 3 seems like a pretty low number of accidents to be drawing conclusions that nobody knows what they are doing.

Not real sure it’s really up to the school to allow a man what he can drive to church.

Bull

August 15th, 2011
10:33 pm

How long before Shultz comes out with another one of his hit pieces, describing how Richt has lost control of the players

Snoop Dawg

August 15th, 2011
10:33 pm

Crow’s nest to bridge: Iceberg straight ahead! Somebody please wake up da Preacha Man…

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 15th, 2011
10:34 pm

Agreed you simply cannot allow a “banning” of the scooters. It almost sounds like a freak accident in this scenario. We have 1-2 incidents a year. I am sure this is not out of line with th estudent bodys incidents with scooters. They just are not 5 star recruits with all the expectations grown men put on them.

Snoop Dawg

August 15th, 2011
10:34 pm

It’s OK with AltamahaDog. Everybody’s doing it…

Mountain Dawg

August 15th, 2011
10:35 pm

Who pays for these scooters? Does UGA provide them? Do the ‘regular’ students use them, too? How are they rationed out? Anybody know?

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 15th, 2011
10:36 pm

Rationed out? What are they MRE’s?

Snoop Dawg

August 15th, 2011
10:36 pm

Steve Spurrier is selling scooters at a discount to athletes in Athens…

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 15th, 2011
10:37 pm

With driving instructions from Garcia after he has visited 5 points in Columbia….

Snoop Dawg

August 15th, 2011
10:38 pm

The Evil Genius is at it again!

AltamahaDawg

August 15th, 2011
10:42 pm

And what would you do about it cartoon boy? Last Time I checked Ray Drew was a grown man and a legal citizen.

AltamahaDawg

August 15th, 2011
10:51 pm

The Veasey accident was actually somebody turning into him. Not just wrecking a scooter. I remember reggie brown whiped out a bike once, we going to ban those? How about trying to catch routine fly balls?

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 15th, 2011
10:53 pm

Are you talking about banning routine fly balls? It certainly would make baseball more interesting, :)

jb

August 15th, 2011
10:53 pm

i’d be more worried about the fact that Drew was using this on a sunday for church, i.e. personal use. this is provided by the athletic department. i’d think that anything besides using it to and from school/practice could be some sort of extra benefit…sounds stupid but thats what the ncaa does for a living…

Clear Channel Voice

August 15th, 2011
10:54 pm

Boise State 222, UGA 0 —–> The beatdown of the year.

After the game, a UGA player who reads, writes, and speaks at a 6th grade level will be interviewed on TV, and millions of viewers will wonder why Mark Richt recruits these dummies and why UGA admits them.

It makes you long for the days when ethical UGA coaches like Wallace Butts and Harry Mehre recruited literate athletes who actually earned serious college degrees.

If you doubt this, go back and read Caleb King’s farewell tweet. The guy couldn’t even write a single coherent sentence. This simpleton should have been sweeping floors somewhere, not enrolled in college.

AltamahaDawg

August 15th, 2011
11:00 pm

GO DAWGS

August 15th, 2011
11:01 pm

I dont think Richard Samuel missing time will be much of an issue..he knows the offense i would guarantee it. it does worry me that crowell is missing all those reps. we just have the WORST luck with running backs dont we!!!!

AltamahaDawg

August 15th, 2011
11:01 pm

I think it’s legal jb as long as they return the change from gas money.

RamboDog

August 15th, 2011
11:03 pm

King Gator
August 15th, 2011
10:20 pm

King Gayturd, I know it has been extremely HOT the last few weeks which always puts you on a fowl mood. I have a suggestion for you that should help.

Face your trailer West in the morning and turn it to face East after 100pm or so…this should keep the sun from shining through your dirty drawers being used as your curtains. You may need to get the other Gay Tors to turn theirs, and will most certainly need to leave some wheels on it .

I would also have them pick up your car that was on blocks, it doesn’t run and is just in the way.

If you would find a job , maybe they would have some AC… take the bus boy over the cook, that way you can sneak some cig breaks in.

Crap, I just remembered, with the Meth Lab, moving that trailer aroind could get real dicey….make sure you have someone sober on hand to supervise, don’t want you hurt before we kick your tails this year.

Go Dawgs

GO DAWGS

August 15th, 2011
11:03 pm

Clear Channel Voice,
Every college kid makes tweets and posts that are incorrectly spelled. It’s apparently cool for them. Georgia had the tied for second highest graduation rate in the SEC for all athletes behind Vandy of course. All you trolls ever do is talk trash about how dumb the uga players are, i mean good lord, every school has players that aren’t has academically gifted as others, not just uga. So please shut up

Greta

August 15th, 2011
11:05 pm

It looks like the free use of scooters is going to result in more NCAA violations for the Cheating Dogs.

UGA '05

August 15th, 2011
11:10 pm

Clear Channel Voice,
Come up with new material. It’s called being creative. But since you’re always on your couch all day, you wouldn’t know anything about creativity. Douchebag

RamboDog

August 15th, 2011
11:11 pm

Clear Channel Voice
August 15th, 2011
10:54 pm

Boise State fans have some class, so I deduce that you are a Tech tard hiding behind this handle. You want us to lose, that’s ok…I understand how you fell losing to the mighty UGA every year….crying about what went wrong, how many yards you had and what you will do next year. Well, it’s next year and you will still suck.

GT has won 4 games in 20 years or so, and used illegal players during your little 3 game streak. By the way, which Tech engineer was on the bridge job in Atlanta? That was some fine work there, uh huh !!!

GO DAWGS

August 15th, 2011
11:14 pm

Guys, guys let’s not insult the Tech fan anymore. He’s miserable enough as it is having to watch the poor excuse of a team

PMC

August 15th, 2011
11:22 pm

maybe instead of an indoor practice facility they could build a parking garage.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 15th, 2011
11:33 pm

Still trying to determine at what age we need to ban these routine flyballs.

observor

August 15th, 2011
11:43 pm

The UGA bus system is actually a very efficient way to get around campus. I don’t see what the problem is for the athletes to utilize the same system. Even if you live off campus, the ACC bus system gets you to campus stops effectively as well. I used it for four years, and never had an issue getting to where I needed to be on time.