Southern set up a fund for Devon Gales, who severely injured his spinal cord in last Saturday’s game against Georgia, for those that wish to donate money to help cover his medical costs.
Gales underwent surgery on Sunday to repair several fractures in his neck. Gales has been able to move his upper body, but that’s the only news Southern has released on his status.
Gales’ surgery took place at Athens Regional Medical Center and he’ll return to Baton Rouge, Louisiana when he’s cleared by his doctors. For the time being, he'll remain in the hospital's care.
If you’d wish to donate to the Gales fund, you can do so by clicking here to visit the website Southern started.
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Both head football coach Mark Richt and head basketball coach Mark Fox started spreading the word via social media.
Calling all Dawgs. If you would like to helpSouthern University Devon Gales and his family with medicalexpenses here's how we can do it.— Mark Richt (@MarkRicht) September29, 2015
Here's the website. http://t.co/4I97y4jErl— Mark Richt (@MarkRicht) September29, 2015
You can also mail donations to:
Southern University System Foundation
c/o Devon Gales Fund
PO Box 9562
Baton Rouge, La. 70813
Late in the third quarter, Gales collided with Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan on a routine special teams play. Both players’ helmets hit each other and Gales fell to the turf. He was motionless for about 10 minutes before being placed on a stretcher and carted off of the field.
The long-term effects of the injury are not known at this point.
Hitting the links
The Telegraph's Cody Pace writes that Georgia isn't buying into the hype surrounding Saturday's game against Alabama.
The Telegraph's Daniel Shirley lists his SEC power poll for this week.
Christian Payne and Reggie Carter are likely out for this weekend's game against the Crimson Tide.
Georgia LG Isaiah Wynn is confident heading into the SEC showdown between Georgia and Alabama.
Georgia names its captains for this weekend's game.
Chubb gets vocal
Nick Chubb isn’t one to raise his voice often.
But when he does, his teammates listen. Chubb has also been on the record as saying he doesn’t care much about statistics, and that his current streak of 100-yard games isn’t that important at the end of the day.
Left guard Isaiah Wynn, however, said that in the moment during Georgia’s game against Southern this past Saturday, Chubb was fired up early in the third quarter. And when Chubb speaks, it only fires the offensive line up.
“Really, he told us the 100 yards he was trying to get was all about the team,” Wynn said. “It’s a team effort, we’re all going to get it. He had us hyped.”
Chubb ran for 100 of his 131 yards in the third quarter in Georgia’s 48-6 victory.
One area strength and conditioning coordinator Mark Hocke has added since arriving is getting the football team to be more competitive in different situations away from the football field.
Cornerback Aaron Davis said at the end of weightlifting sessions, Hocke will oftentimes pit individuals against each other or position groups to battle one another in various exercises.
“Some one on one things, maybe some tug of war, just something in between position groups or individuals, to fire up our competitive juices,” Davis said.
Hocke has brought a different approach and an intense personality since taking the job last December. Davis said the energy has certainly carried over to the players.
“Hocke is definitely energetic. He tries to amp the energy in the room,” Davis said. “He tells people to match his energy. He brings a lot of that to the workouts and practices.”
Reggie Davis on the potential to hit some plays in the passing game against Alabama: “There will be big opportunities but we still need to do the small things first. We can’t do anything if we can’t get the run game started. Either way, we have to play Georgia football.”
Song of the day
"Blue Moon" by Billie Holiday