Members of Georgia’s coaching staff, including head coach Mark Richt, visited Athens Regional Medical Center on Sunday to check in on injured Southern receiver Devon Gales.
Gales underwent spinal surgery to repair several fractures in his neck, which were sustained during the second half of Georgia’s 48-6 win over Southern on Saturday. Gales was injured on a kickoff play and remained down on the field for about 10 minutes. He was then placed on a stretcher and carted off the field.
Southern announced Gales has movement in his upper body and "remains in good spirits."
After Saturday’s game, Southern stated Gales was admitted to Athens Regional. Richt said he visited Gales and was there with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and his family. Richt added the Georgia coaches’ wives and children are assisting by making posters and get-well cards for Gales.
"We’re trying to cover him up with as much love as we can and let him know we care, let him know we’re here to help," Richt said. "We’re just going to continue to pray and I know the Bulldog nation is behind him as well."
Gales will remain at Athens Regional for the time being. Once he’s released, he’ll return to his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where Southern is located.
"There may come a time where there may be some needs, I’m not exactly sure yet," Richt said. "If it does come to that I’m going to be calling all Dogs to get involved and help out."