Kirby Smart updates status of quarterback D’Wan Mathis: ‘We’re certainly going to be very cautious’
HOOVER, Ala. — Georgia freshman quarterback D’Wan Mathis underwent brain surgery on May 23 following the discovery of a cyst that was on his brain. From a health perspective, a full recovery is expected for the Georgia quarterback. But in terms of making a return to the field is much less certain.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart gave up an update on Mathis’ return to the field while speaking to reporters at SEC Media Days.
“As far as putting a date on his exact return where he’s 100 percent,” Smart said. “I don’t know what that’s going to be. I can’t even speculate right now with the surgery he had. We’re certainly going to be very cautious.”
Mathis signed with Georgia as a 4-star quarterback in the 2019 signing class. He enrolled early and worked this spring with fellow quarterbacks Jake Fromm and Stetson Bennett. In the spring game, Mathis went 15-for-28 in the spring game for 115 yards.
He also caught a touchdown pass in the spring game as well.
Smart did provide a more positive general health update on Mathis as well that paints a picture of how well he’s been doing following the surgery.
“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.”
Earlier this offseason, DawgNation’s Mike Griffith caught up with Terence Mathis’, D’Wan’s father, who attributed 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,” Terence Mathis said. “I believe Georgia saved my son’s life.”
Terence Mathis also added that D’Wan is allowed to run and lift with the football team with the team, but he is not cleared for full contact.
If Mathis is unable to play this season, it would leave Georgia with just two scholarship quarterbacks in Bennett and Fromm. Like Mathis, Bennett also signed with Georgia in the 2019 signing class. Bennett does have past experience with Georgia, as he served as a walk-on with the 2017 team.
Since taking over for Jacob Eason in 2017, Fromm has yet to miss a start for the Bulldogs. A season ago, the junior quarterback threw for 30 touchdowns to just 6 interceptions.
Georgia begins the 2019 season on Aug. 31, when the Bulldogs take on the Vanderbilt Commodores.
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