WATCH: Georgia football releases video of D’Wan Mathis dunking just months after brain surgery
It hasn’t been a normal summer for Georgia freshman quarterback D’Wan Mathis. In May, Mathis underwent brain surgery to remove a cyst that had been discovered. The surgery was a success, but his football status for the 2019 season is still up in the air.
When speaking at SEC Media Days last week, Georgia coach Kirby Smart provided an update on Mathis. Smart didn’t give a specific timeline on when Mathis might resume football activities and that Georgia was going to be careful with his recovery.
“D’Wan is doing very well. Ron (Courson) and his staff, I think it’s very well-documented how well Ron and his staff managed D’Wan and the things that they’ve done,” Smart said. “D’Wan is back in classes, he’s back in workouts, he’s doing a really good job for us.”
On Wednesday, the Georgia football Twitter account gave another update on Mathis’ status. And while it wasn’t something he did on the football field, Mathis showed off some of his athletic ability on a few dunks.
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) July 25, 2019
Mathis was rated as a 4-star signee in the 2019 class. He enrolled early and participated in spring practice with the Bulldogs, as he split reps with Stetson Bennett for the backup quarterback role. Mathis completed 15 of his 28 attempts for 113 yards in the Georgia spring game.
After the surgery, Mathis’ father — Terence — credited Georgia with saving his son’s life.
“We thank God for Ron Courson’s expertise and his medical team, because without them I don’t think all of this would have been possible for D’Wan,” Mathis said. “I believe Georgia saved my son’s life.”
With Mathis’ status still uncertain, the backup duties will fall on Bennett. He also was a member of Georgia’s 2019 signing class, as he joined the Bulldogs from the JUCO ranks. Bennett was a member of the 2017 Georgia team, where he served as a walk-on quarterback.
Georgia has not yet announced when it will begin fall practice ahead of the 2019 season. The Bulldogs’ first game is on Aug. 31, when Georgia visits Vanderbilt. The game is set for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff.
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