Hunter Long came to Georgia to play on the offensive line with his older brother Austin.
The way things turned out, Hunter played for the Bulldogs first when the freshman lined up at guard in last Saturday’s 59-0 win against Coastal Carolina.
“He gave me crap about it,” said Austin Long, a redshirt sophomore. “It’s good. I was happy about it. I’m glad he got to play. He got kind of screwed on the holding call.”
Austin Long, a backup left tackle, has dealt with one health issue after another in recent years.
The Memphis native missed three days of practice last week after being hospitalized for a staph infection in his nose, keeping him from having a chance to join his brother and play for the first time last Saturday.
“They were worried about it going to my eyes so they took me to the hospital and got me IVs for three days,” Long said.
He was sidelined after back surgery, dealt with a shoulder injury this spring and then had mononucleosis this preaseason.
“He’s got to stay healthy to get on the field,” offensive line coach Will Friend said.
“I’m about sick of being in the training room,” Austin Long said.
Hunter Long could have more of a chance to play Saturday at Ole Miss if guard Chris Burnette (knee) and Kenarious Gates (ankle) can’t go.
Ole Miss is not far from where the Longs lived in Tennessee.
Austin Long said about 30 from his graduating class at Briarcrest Christian go to school there.
“I’ll have a bunch of family there,” Austin Long said. “I’ve been looking forward to it since I saw it on the schedule. I used to go to a bunch of games there since a bunch of my friends from high school go there. It’s going to be awesome being in that stadium.”
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