DESTIN, Fla. — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart says freshman quarterback D’Wan Mathis will be out indefinitely after undergoing emergency surgery last Thursday.
“We are expecting a full recovery, and the timeline is the least of our concerns,”said Smart, speaking at the SEC Spring Meetings at the SanDestin Hilton. “He got out of the hospital yesterday and he has begun his rehab today and his therapy today.”
Mathis was released from Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center on Monday, four days after having a cyst removed from his brain.
“One more day, and it could have burst,” Terence Mathis, D’Wan’s father, told DawgNation on Monday. “We were 745 miles away when all this happened last week, and Coach (Kirby) Smart made sure my son was taken care of the same way he would treat his own children.”
The 6-foot-5 early enrollee from Romulus, Mich., was taken to the emergency room by UGA medical staff where an MRI revealed the cyst.
Mathis had been experiencing severe sinus pain after returning to Athens after a short trip home to Michigan at the conclusion of the spring semester.
“D’Wan has been awesome,” Smart said. “He has handled everything with great class, and his family has handled everything with class.”
The Bulldogs are holding a team meeting on Wednesday in preparation for offseason conditioning and NCAA allowed practices.
Mathis is expected to remain under medical supervision while on antibiotics for the next four weeks.
Dawg Nation I’m good thanks for checking on me I’ll be back sooner than ever and better never question gods timing! Major set back for a major comeback 💯and to my teammates keep working I can’t wait to play football again❤️#Godawgs
— Deuce (@DwanM3) May 27, 2019