Kolton Houston has worked hard the past three years, he’s lifted weights, practiced, attended meetings and done everything that is asked of a young offensive lineman. He worked his way to becoming the kind of player that the Georgia staff thought he would be when they offered the Buford High School senior a scholarship to UGA, yet he hasn’t played a single snap in college.
A shoulder injury in high school resulted in a treatment regime that included a series of injections of a banned steroid that refuses to leave Houston’s body. Kolton had no idea in 2010 that he was receiving a substance that would impact his college eligibility. The injection ended up in a layer of fat instead of muscle and was not metabolized by his body. The NCAA refuses to clear him to play and the clock continues to run, his window of opportunity to contribute as a Dawg grows smaller with each passing drug test. The fight is not over and the Georgia staff has stood behind Houston and his family as they await the day that number 75 steps out from “between the hedges” and plays between the lines.
ESPN will feature Kolton’s dilemma on Outside The Lines on Sunday, May 12th at 9 am ET.