Posted: 11:26 am Thursday, August 7th, 2014

UGA lineman Kolton Houston will worry later about a 6th year 

By Chip Towers

Kolton Houston is considered a senior this season but there is a chance the NCAA could grant him a waiver for a sixth season. (UGA photo by Steven Colquitt)

Kolton Houston is considered a senior this season but there is a chance the NCAA could grant him a waiver for a sixth season. (UGA photo by Steven Colquitt)

ATHENS – Kolton Houston is listed as a senior on the Georgia football roster and he is approaching the 2014 season as if it will be his last.

But there remains the possibility that Houston could be back with the Bulldogs for another year. He could petition the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility. He just won’t know if that will be an option for several months.

“From what I understand, that comes at the end of the season around bowl week,” said Houston, an offensive lineman from Buford. “That’s when all that kind of stuff happens. So I know for a fact I have to treat this year like my senior year. When bowl week gets here, that’s when I get to think about all that.”

Houston was ineligible to play for Georgia his first three seasons in Athens because he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance as an early-enrolled freshman and was unable to purge the chemicals from his body. After finally achieving what the NCAA deemed was “an acceptable threshold” of the substance in his system, Houston’s eligibility was reinstated in July of 2013. He played in all 13 games last season, starting six.

UGA has always argued that Houston was wronged by the NCAA. It maintains that the steroids he took as a high school senior were administered by a doctor as treatment of a shoulder injury and improperly injected into an area of fatty tissue from which it could not dissipate.

Regardless of whether the NCAA would grant Houston a sixth year, he could decide to move on anyway. He turned 23 last month and will graduate from UGA  this year with a degree in financial planning. And if things go well this season, the NFL draft is always an option for the 6-foot-5, 287-pound athlete.

“It’s not about a draft evaluation,” Houston said. “I’m just going to see how it goes. I’m going to do what’s best for me and for Georgia. That’s a long ways from now so we’ll just see how it goes.”

In the meantime, Houston is focusing on the present, which is preparing for the Bulldogs Aug. 30 opener against Clemson. Where he might line up remains undecided. He has worked with Georgia’s No. 1 offense at right tackle, left tackle and left guard during preseason camp. He’s generally considered one of the Bulldogs’ top five linemen and odds are that he’ll start somewhere.

“I’ve done all three of those so far this camp,” Houston said. “You know how it is with Coach (Will) Friend. We’re just going to play musical chairs until he finds the right gel. Right now, all of us tackles, me, Watts (Dantzler), Mark (Beard) and John (Theus), we’re all playing pretty good right now. Not trying to be cocky, but we’re all doing good things. So it’s not really set in stone who’s going to be the guys and where it’s all going to lay out. But it’s definitely going well.”

 

45 comments
TravisBickle2014
TravisBickle2014

KOLTON HOUSTON ... Born July 25, 1991 ... Major: Family FINANCE Planning.

I think you have a great future even if the NFL isn't in your future. 

ColumbusDawg
ColumbusDawg

OL will be much better this time around. UGA has never had this much talent at the tailback position in history of program. IMO, the article that was written about B. Douglas is the same as countless UGA articles through the years about how a player who played the previous season should not be forgotten because a big time player or players are coming in at his position. It has always been the same at Georgia, especially since Hershel, when a new back comes in the game and wows, then he can't be kept off the field. I believe that Nick Chubb will not be kept off the field for long. Michel either for that matter. It is time for Keith Marshall to show that he can be a tailback at a high level, and in order to do that he must be able to get past the los against big teams. He never has been able to do that since he has been at UGA. I watched the replay of LSU 2013, and Marshall RARELY made it past the los after he came in for injured Gurley. Now, I'm not talking about a DL such as TN or Auburn a couple of years ago when he showed out, I mean championship level defensive lines. I believe in the end Chubb backs up Gurley II. NO team will stop the Dawgs run game in 2014, no one.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

I hope they let him play a couple of seasons, seems fair to me. Good luck to the young man!

HotDawg
HotDawg

Stay in school as long as you can son. Too many idiot trolls on the outside.

TampGator1
TampGator1

Funny thing.  I had steroids injected into my fatty tissue (arse) today. I sure takes away the pain and I feel a ton better. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

Fatty tissue?  Isn't that what Sosa, Bonds, and McGuire cried about all the way to Fort Knox?

DawginLex
DawginLex

I admire this kid for not giving up. A lot of folks would have thrown in the towel long ago

SinceVince
SinceVince

Please just knock some defenses backwards on third and short particularly against teams like Vandy, Kentucky and Mizzou.

Red-Dog
Red-Dog

The problem with all of this is the unethical vilification of medically administered steroids by a licensed physician.

We have removed tools from a physicians medical arsenal in treating patients disease and illnesses  because of semantics coupled with hysteria induced by the government and an ignorant media.

Anabolic steroids are modern miracle drugs which have saved more lives and eased more suffering from critical injuries than you could possibly fathom.

Once again the public is duped by idiot savants knowing whats best for everybody!

OriginalATLien
OriginalATLien

If this ever happens to another UGA player, I've got a direct line to a relative who now works for the NCAA in Indy. I will complain so much that he will hate to go to work :-) This was just ridiculous, especially after all the efforts to disprove any competitive advantage.

Agree with the rest of you, KHouston = DGD!!

JackClemens
JackClemens

Seems like a mature kid who has his head on straight.

TravisBickle2014
TravisBickle2014

Finish your degree and just try to get an invite to some NFL Camp.

Enjoy your Senior Season and try to make some memories to last a lifetime.

WDE
WDE

Mr.Houston is a DGD ! Best of luck this year !

TampGator1
TampGator1

......by my doctor. But I told her I was too old to play the OL for Georgia.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Tampa, seriously? Do we have to rehash the whole situation. Kolton did absolutely nothing wrong. It's been well documented.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@DawginLex 


Or the injection needle when the doctor offered the steroids to him in high school.  Would have made more sense at least.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@SinceVince  I sniffed out the Blubbertavious retread the first day.  Guess what Blubbertavious, you still aren't fooling anyone.  T-R-O-L-L.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

I'd prefer if he knocked YOU back TROLL....

TravisBickle2014
TravisBickle2014

@OriginalATLien Stop CRYING. The Rules is the Rule...The LAW is the LAW....Life ain't FAIR...you want to live by popular vote then move to a different country.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@TampGator1  Go back and read the whole story before you make abigger fool out of yourself Tampa.  He had no idea that what a medical doctor was doing was illegal according to the NCAA.  He submitted to the treatment his doctor thought was best.  Just like 99.99% of everyone does.  You would have too.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@TravisBickle2014  You are such a hypocrite.  You'd have been screaming bloody murder if it had happened to a Bumbly Bee or any ACC player.   Since it was a Dawg, off with his head.

There is such a thing as exceptions, because human beings are fallible and cannot always see all the different ways that a rule can be wrongly applied.  Your Bumbly Bees got a waiver on their bowl eligiblity  didn't they?  Yeah, so they shouldn't have gone because they weren't bowl eligible by the book.  Chew on that.

ScoreCheck
ScoreCheck

@TravisBickle2014

What an amazing intellect you possess.  What is amazing is your inability to perform any critical thinking whatsoever.

LOL

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

@TravisBickle2014 @OriginalATLien How about that ACC title you like to claim?  Don't claim it and stop crying.  The rules is the rules.  You want to live by a dictatorship, then move to a different country.

TravisBickle2014
TravisBickle2014

@DawginCO CHEW CHEW.....TECH was not the FIrST to get that exception..CHEW CHEW...Lick your PeaNuts...

DawginCO
DawginCO

@TravisBickle2014  And that makes your stupid hate slanted view any less hypocritical?  LMAO!  You are such a joke.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@travisbickle2014 "The Rules is The Rules".....stop crying about your meaningless ACC title CHEATERS! Hysterical when you insects try to convince yourselves of some BS moral high ground when YOU are the ones cited for CHEATING!

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@TravisBickle2014 If you say so POAD. Kolton Houston didn't do anything wrong. He didn't even know what was in his system would ban him from the sport for 3 years. He didn't purposefully take any drugs. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie 


Explain that one, Wet?  Did "we" move to Cuba? I think they have a dictator there.  But the U.S. does have more of those FOXNews created......right dingers. 

TravisBickle2014
TravisBickle2014

@TrueDawg1986 MORAL HIGH GROUND? That is the GOD LOVING MUTT FANS..Richt butt sniffers...but Ignore LEEBERN and S. Yonclan and their lives....TRY AGAIN

TampGator1
TampGator1

@DawgGoneIt 


Does not matter is one takes it purposefully or not.  The rule does not work that way.  It only has to be in your system.  Does not matter how it got there. Can't be there.  Took three years to get out of there.  But I think he deserves a 6th year from the NCAA, and he will most likely get it.

RangeRover
RangeRover

@TampGator1

That's to keep in check Liberal garbage like you from you single greatest purpose on this planet...the determination to erode all form of standards, values and morals that will harm our children, their children and their children, etc..

Seriously, dude, why don't you take your odorous persona to a Gator paper?

HotDawg
HotDawg

Grow up idiot. Yeah, we're talking to you. Get it.