Q&A: Derrick Lott making way back from yet another setback

After yet another setback, defensive end Derrick Lott is no longer wearing green and ready to contribute for the Bulldogs. (UGA photo by Chris Collins)

After yet another setback, defensive end Derrick Lott is no longer wearing green and ready to contribute for the Bulldogs. (UGA photo by Chris Collins)

Q&A WITH DERRICK LOTT

Derrick Lott has had a hard-luck career at Georgia so far. No sooner did he show up from North Cobb High than he had to have ankle surgery that assured a redshirt year. Then Todd Grantham shows up with his 3-4 defense and suddenly he’s a tackle trying to become an end. After playing in just three games last season in what would have to be described as a transition year, Lott had a solid spring and was heading into camp as a legitimate player in the defensive line rotation. Then he sliced his leg open parking his scooter at the Butts-Mehre Building and Lott thought for just moment that his football career was over.

It wasn’t. After being sidellined a month following surgery to repair a 12-inch gash in his lower right leg and suffering a sprained wrist almost as soon as he returned, Lott is back competing on the football field. And, once again, this 6-foot-4, 305-pound sophomore figures in the Bulldogs’ plans on defense. Here’s what Lott had to say recently about the accident that sent his to the hospital by ambulance and his prospects now that he’s back on the field.

Q: Tell us about the accident. How did it happen?

A: “I wasn’t going very fast. As a matter of fact the scooter was off. I was just coasting and looking for somewhere to park. Next thing I know, I looked down and saw a puddle of blood.”

Q: Did you know it was bad right away?

A: “Not until I saw it. When I saw it, I was like, ‘wow.’ I hadn’t seen anything like that in my life. It was like in the he movies and Jason comes through with a knife or Michael Myers slices somebody with a knife and they’re sitting there looking at their guts and everything inside. It was hot; the sheet-metal was thin; it was a clean cut; sliced right through. I didn’t even feel it. I’m getting off the scooter and I felt the wind blowing against. So I kind of reached down and rubbed it and it felt weird. I picked my hand up and saw a pool of blood. Then I looked and it was just bone and muscle and everything.”

Q: Did you yell for help or what?

A: “That was the funniest thing about the whole story. Nobody was outside and I had to get my hand scanned to get inside the building. Then walked through there. Then  I started thinking I probably shouldn’t be walking on this, so I started hopping through the building. Then I had to put my hand scan in again. [laughing] Once I got inside I couldn’t take it anymore. I was worried about losing too much blood. So I just started yelling, ‘help, help!’

“Some of the guys in the workout group came and they were like, ‘what’s that?’ Nobody could believe it. I was looking at my teammates’ faces and their eyes were wide open. I thought I was going to pass out, so I just dropped. It was definitely scary. I shed a couple of tears thinking my football career was over. I hadn’t seen anything like that anywhere.”

Q: So you’re back on the field now. Does it affect your ability to play?

A: “They said I was two centimeters away from cutting my nerve. If I had cut that nerve I would’ve had drop foot and don’t think I wouldn’t been able to play football or compete. So I’m lucky it’s not worse than it is. They gave me an Evoshield to cover it. My muscles are still recovering. It’s going to be about two months before they’re fully strong because they were cut. But otherwise I’m fine. I’m running full speed, I’m making cuts from left to right. It’s just a matter of time before everything heals. . . . I’m still getting rehab just to get it stronger and build it back up. I was out for like a month and I didn’t really do any lower body. So I’m starting back with lower body, doing squats, running more and doing more heavy stuff with my legs. But I’m full goI’m ready to go. As far as playing time, I see myself playing in every game. If I put my mind to it and my effort to it, I could see myself starting a few games.”

Q: Do you feel like you can have the same type of impact as before the accident?

A: “I feel as though this is going to be my year. Guys have bad seasons, bad luck. I would compare myself to [Auburn's] Nick Fairley as far as coming from a season where he did OK and played some and then drastically changing over to first-round draft pick defensive lineman. That’s how I see myself, having a cross-over season.

Q: Where are they working you in?

A: “I’m working some with the first team. I’m doing good. The cut was a setback but it wasn’t too big. So I see myself still moving forward. I feel like my fellow defensive line guys believe in me. Coach G [defensive line coach Rodney Garner] has talked to me and said, ‘listen, we need you play this year. You’ve got to work.’ A lot of guys on this team believe in me. They’ve seen me play; they know I can play. So I’ve just got to get out there on the game field and ball out.”

107 comments Add your comment

Tdawg

August 25th, 2011
4:27 pm

GeoffDawg

August 25th, 2011
4:27 pm

Dang…glad he’s ok. Note to self: wear pants when scootering.

Tdawg

August 25th, 2011
4:28 pm

See I paused to long. That was the first time that I was ever tempted to do that. I just don’t know what came over me.

bucket

August 25th, 2011
4:31 pm

Really Dogma? It was a freak accident, chill out. I’m thankful that Derrick is going to be ok and I agree with him that he is in for a breakout season!

DawginLex

August 25th, 2011
4:32 pm

3 of the 1st 7 comments from UGA hater idiots

The nuthouse must have released early this week for weekend furlough

GeoffDawg

August 25th, 2011
4:34 pm

Sure, because corn is for Rhode Scholars.

Joey

August 25th, 2011
4:34 pm

Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!

Nerds love UGA blogs . . .

trupert

August 25th, 2011
4:34 pm

Derrick, glad to see you’re doing well. Keep up the good work. Go dawgs!!!

bucket

August 25th, 2011
4:37 pm

@ DawginLex – how pathetic is someone’s life when they sit around waiting for a new UGA blog entry so they can make idiotic statements? I state once again for the record, I have never gone to another team’s blog to trash any of our rival’s. In other words, I have a life.

DawginLex

August 25th, 2011
4:39 pm

Hey Rev

If you don’t like the insults, leave the UGA blog

What are you going to do next, report me to the moderator?

WAAHHH!!! WAAAHHH!!! He said a bad word to me!!!!

WAAHHH!!! WAAAHHH!!!

Shanahan

August 25th, 2011
4:40 pm

FIRST!!!!!!!!!!LETS GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shanahan

August 25th, 2011
4:40 pm

dang kinda late :(

DawginLex

August 25th, 2011
4:42 pm

5 Time National Champs Nebraska

August 25th, 2011
4:29 pm
Dogma
August 25th, 2011
4:27 pm

If he’s too stupid to park a scooter, he’s too stupid to be enrolled in college.

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Welcome to UGA

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I guess I gave you WAY too much credit for having a semblance of class. Bashing a kid for having an accident on a scooter.

What a classless lowlife scumbag you are.

Have you ever tried to walk around the campus at UGA?

You need a scooter to get around.
He had an accident on it.
It doesn’t make him stupid.

Get a life loser.

Tobias Funke

August 25th, 2011
4:45 pm

5 Time National Champs Nebraska

August 25th, 2011
4:48 pm

bucket
August 25th, 2011
4:37 pm

@ DawginLex – how pathetic is someone’s life when they sit around waiting for a new UGA blog entry so they can make idiotic statements? I state once again for the record, I have never gone to another team’s blog to trash any of our rival’s. In other words, I have a life.

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You have a life because you post here, but others who post here don’t have a life.

This logic brought to you by the University of Georgia faithful.

Can you spell ambiguous?

DawginLex

August 25th, 2011
4:49 pm

He posts on the UGA blog as a UGA fan

He doesn’t TROLL for other team’s blog sites to post crap.

That’s why he has a life.

5 Time National Champs Nebraska

August 25th, 2011
4:51 pm

DawginLex
August 25th, 2011
4:42 pm

I guess I gave you WAY too much credit for having a semblance of class. Bashing a kid for having an accident on a scooter.

What a classless lowlife scumbag you are.

Have you ever tried to walk around the campus at UGA?

You need a scooter to get around.
He had an accident on it.
It doesn’t make him stupid.

Get a life loser.

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What does needing a scooter on the UGA campus have to do with the inability to safely park a scooter? That’s like justifying wrecking your car because you need one to drive to work.

Again, welcome to UGA

JAWJeRDAWG

August 25th, 2011
4:52 pm

Bet those of you who are posting these classless remarks about Derrick wouldn’t say them to his face! .. Go Dawgs!

Some of you are clueless

August 25th, 2011
4:54 pm

For the record, I happen to know Derrick Lott. He’s a great young man with manners and respect for his coaches and teachers and a solid student. It amazes me that total strangers get on here everyday saying unbelieveable things about young people they have never met. But then again, they don’t have to give their real names.

Good luck Derrick. Have a great year.

DawginLex

August 25th, 2011
4:56 pm

So you have never had an accident or made a mistake of any kind?

Perfection?

Delusional=Nebraska

i’m done arguing with an dumb idiot.

Later

So how smart do you have to be to park a scooter and not get cut?

August 25th, 2011
4:56 pm

I’d like to know that since it seems to be OK if you can’t safely park a scooter.

Dbalcer

August 25th, 2011
4:56 pm

Good luck Derrick. I hope your season is a great one to remember. The way to deal with trolls is to ignore them. Go DAWGS.

bad brad

August 25th, 2011
4:58 pm

Right you are Dawg in Lex; my son doesnt play football, but has a scooter. It is the most economical way to get around campus. Beautiful, large campus with limited parking. A lot of the haters on here have never been to Athens.

DAWG FAN FROM DOUGLISVILLE

August 25th, 2011
4:58 pm

U LOOSERS THAT DONT LIKE UGA JUST GO A WAY. U HAVE NO BUSNESS BEIN ON A UGA BLOG. I DONT NO THIS KID BUT CUT HIM SOME SALCK CUZ HE IS JUST A KID OK?

G8R H8R

August 25th, 2011
4:59 pm

Hey 5 Time, the point everyone is making here is that this blog is for GEORGIA fans, not Huskers. Do they not know how to write blogs in Lincoln & Omaha or are they just too busy fornicating with the livestock?? Stay off the UGA blogs and you won’t get your feelings hurt….

5 Time National Champs Nebraska

August 25th, 2011
5:00 pm

bad brad
August 25th, 2011
4:58 pm

Right you are Dawg in Lex; my son doesnt play football, but has a scooter. It is the most economical way to get around campus. Beautiful, large campus with limited parking. A lot of the haters on here have never been to Athens.

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I’ve been to Athens before. I never injured myself while trying to park a scooter.

They have shuttle services too. Of course, there may be sharks on the shuttle buses that would make them more dangerous than scooters.

Mitch Cumstein

August 25th, 2011
5:01 pm

Nebraska is such a powerhouse!!! Please!!!!!

Listen assclown, go to the Nebraska site and post for those pillow biters, will ya!

5 Time National Champs Nebraska

August 25th, 2011
5:02 pm

G8R H8R
August 25th, 2011
4:59 pm

Hey 5 Time, the point everyone is making here is that this blog is for GEORGIA fans, not Huskers. Do they not know how to write blogs in Lincoln & Omaha or are they just too busy fornicating with the livestock?? Stay off the UGA blogs and you won’t get your feelings hurt….

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Just how will my feelings get hurt? They’re not like a scooter that can hurt me when trying to park it.

bucket

August 25th, 2011
5:02 pm

@ Nebraska – you may need to polish up on your reading comprehension skills. I never insuated people who post on blogs don’t have a life. However, I did clearly insuate that people who come to a UGA blog merely to ridicule 18-22 year olds, Coach Mark Richt, or anything Georgia; don’t have a life. Thanks for providing the class with a visual aid to demonstrate my point!

G8R H8R

August 25th, 2011
5:03 pm

Douglisville…very original…let’s pull out the tried & true, “all Dawg fans are uneducated rednecks” card. I’ll put up my degree from UGA and weekly pay stubs against yours and feel fairly confident I’ll come out on top. Go back to playing online video games from your Mom’s basement and let the adults talk about football.

so how Stupid Do you Have to be to be from Nebraska?

August 25th, 2011
5:03 pm

So how smart do you have to be to park a scooter and not get cut?

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How stupid do you have to be to blog and make fun of a 305 pound kid who could whip your a$$?

G8R H8R

August 25th, 2011
5:05 pm

5 time….I’m not going to have a battle of wits with an unarmed man…too easy. Go Dawgs…

DAWG FAN FROM DOUGLISVILLE

August 25th, 2011
5:06 pm

G8R

IM ON UR SIDE DUDE. WHY ATACK ME? I HATE ALL THIS UGA HATERS COMING HERE RUNTING OUR BLOG NO NEED 2 MAKE FUN OF ME

So how smart do you have to be to park a scooter and not get cut?

August 25th, 2011
5:08 pm

FYI?

I’m not from Nebraska.

Roll Tide!!

Mitch Cumstein

August 25th, 2011
5:10 pm

The Nebraska dweeb has gotta be a nerd. There is no way a true fan of a storied program like Nebraska would waste his or her time insulting players from another, relatively insignificant(because we don’t play them) school. Think about it, who would, as a Ga. fan would go to a Nebraske website and hurl insults? Has to be the geeks from North ave.

Scratch n Sniff

August 25th, 2011
5:11 pm

Q: Tell us about the accident. How did it happen?

A: “I wasn’t going very fast. As a matter of fact the scooter was off. I was just coasting and looking for somewhere to park. Next thing I know, I looked down and saw a puddle of blood.”

Looking for somewhere to park to looking down and seeing a puddle of blood?

That’s his explanation?

Wow.

Big Ten Champs Nebraska

August 25th, 2011
5:13 pm

Mitch Cumstein
August 25th, 2011
5:10 pm

The Nebraska dweeb has gotta be a nerd. There is no way a true fan of a storied program like Nebraska would waste his or her time insulting players from another, relatively insignificant(because we don’t play them) school. Think about it, who would, as a Ga. fan would go to a Nebraske website and hurl insults? Has to be the geeks from North ave.

Because a “Nebraske” site does not exist.

reebok

August 25th, 2011
5:15 pm

this tech fan is glad the young man is going to be able to continue his football career…2 centimeters from cutting the nerve…dang.

The U

August 25th, 2011
5:15 pm

Will play for pay!

UGA inside edition

August 25th, 2011
5:16 pm

Nebraska…..The state where “men are men”, “and the sheep are scared”……..Bet ur wife can eat corn through a fence!

Steak and Lobster

August 25th, 2011
5:16 pm

I bet if you guys just ignored the ones you consider trolls, they will go away.

Bigdsel

August 25th, 2011
5:16 pm

Hey 5 time, don’t be mad because your team left the big Texas conference and had to go to a weaker big 10 conference in order to compete

Big Ten Champs Nebraska

August 25th, 2011
5:18 pm

UGA inside edition
August 25th, 2011
5:16 pm

Nebraska…..The state where “men are men”, “and the sheep are scared”……..Bet ur wife can eat corn through a fence!

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I’m laughing because that is so lame. Keep trying. Someday you may be worthy of insulting me.

Damon Evans is from Nebraska

August 25th, 2011
5:19 pm

Go Big Red Panties!

merbertmoover

August 25th, 2011
5:20 pm

hahahahaha!!!! nebraska??? hahahahaha!!!! the absolute most boring state in the union (yes, north and south dakota are much more interesting…..maybe you guys tie with kansas) wow! such strong smack talking from a person who comes from such a flat, uninteresting place….

nebraska is irrelevant. sorry that you are upset that UGA is superior in every way (scholastically, culturally, musically, WAY hotter chicks) and you are stuck in nowhereville nebraska shucking corn

go derrick! the true bulldawg nation loves you and your contribution to the team! GATA!!!!

Mitch Cumstein

August 25th, 2011
5:20 pm

Oh you got me “Nebraske”.

I told all of you the kid is a tek fan!!!

I will bet real, folding money that this weasel weighs 105 and paints his hairless chest gold at every home game. I think I saw him on TV the last beatdown we gave them. I truly felt bad for the kids parents.

Pesticidesales.com

August 25th, 2011
5:21 pm

And how many trees will bama fans kill this year,just to let yall in on a little secret you bunch of idiots,they have cameras up at auburn now.

D Fence

August 25th, 2011
5:22 pm

This guy can play and I cant wait to see him put some ..ug uhmmm…legal shots on whoever the heck AU has at QB by the time we steam roll them in Athens – ala Nick nice and clean Fairley.

UGA inside edition

August 25th, 2011
5:23 pm

Nebraska, …..worthy has nothing to do with it…..I jus call it as I see it
How’s that horse treating ya?

5 Time National Champs Nebraska

August 25th, 2011
5:24 pm

Mitch Cumstein
August 25th, 2011
5:20 pm

Oh you got me “Nebraske”.

I told all of you the kid is a tek fan!!!

I will bet real, folding money that this weasel weighs 105 and paints his hairless chest gold at every home game. I think I saw him on TV the last beatdown we gave them.
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Does the idea of a 105 pound man painting his hairless chest gold turn you on? Why would you even mention this?