August 14, 2012

'Healthy and ready to go'

Georgia left guard Dallas Lee joked that his parents will have quite the juggling act to contend with this fall.

He laughed that you can blame younger brother Dillon for that.

As a junior, Dallas Lee has had the undivided attention of his mom and dad on football Saturday's, but that's about to change due to Dillon, a freshman linebacker at Alabama.

"They have both our schedules and they've got it broke down to which games they're coming to each one," Dallas Lee said. "I have no idea how they broke it down. They showed me, but it's pretty complex."

Dad Robert apparently has his wardrobe all prepared, and even has plans should Georgia and Alabama meet while his two sons are in school.

"My dad has Alabama shirts and Georgia hats, Georgia shirts and Alabama hats," Dallas Lee said. "He just wears whatever mixture he has for the day, so I'm sure he'd do the same thing."

Although Dillon is expected to redshirt, big brother Dallas says he and his sibling have talked about the possibility of facing off in the same game one day.

"That would be awesome. That's both of our goals, playing great programs on the opposite side," he said. "To get to that game … him being on defense and me on offense - playing on opposite teams - that would just make it more fun."

Whether or not that scenario ever takes place, these days the elder Lee has few complaints now that he's finally healthy after breaking his right leg in last year's game against Florida.

The injury cost the former Buford standout the rest of the 2011 campaign, but now that he's healthy, has put the starting left guard position on lockdown and is anxious for a fresh start beginning with the Sept. 1 season opener against Buffalo.

"I'm healthy and ready to go," said Lee. "Getting the bone healthy was the easy part, but having to stay immobile for so long, that wasn't easy."

It's not a subject he particularly cares to recall.

"It (the leg) was a pretty gross sound," Lee said. "I was hoping it was something other than what I thought it was."

Fortunately, the drive to get back on the field kept Lee focused on the rehab that needed to get done, although that wasn't a simple chore, either.

"I just knew the longer I was immobile, the more my leg was going to go downhill," he added. "It was rough. The first couple of weeks they tell you not to move at all because it's the best thing that you can do and as a football player we're used to running, lifting and doing something every day . The doctor telling you to sit still was weird. It was hard, but I tried to stay as still as I could."

Lee's patience paid off.

The 6-foot-4, 300-pounder was able to return for spring drills and apparently followed that up with a strong summer.

His leg no longer an issue, Lee can now focus on living up to the potential many saw for him when he signed with Georgia in 2009.

Ditto for the rest of the Bulldogs' offensive line, an area many prognosticators and fans still see as a considerable question mark for the team this fall.

"Pretty much everybody has talking about the O-line being the weakness, but it gives us more determination to come in early, work late, get with Coach (Mike) Bobo and Coach (Will) Friend to push us harder in practice than they already are," Lee said. "Everything we do is to get better, better and better and to prove to everybody that they were wrong."