Kenarious Gates seems to have won the starting offensive left tackle job for Georgia this preseason.
That‚Äôs hardly the biggest news for the senior.
Gates and girlfriend Kethia Booker welcomed the birth of daughter Kennedy McKenzie Gates on Aug. 13 in Augusta.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve got a beautiful, young girl,‚Äù Gates said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a special moment. I‚Äôm not playing for myself anymore. I‚Äôve got a family to take care of. That‚Äôs my motivation each and every day.‚Äù
Gates said he gave teammates candy cigars after the new arrival.
Gates, back at practice Monday after dealing with neck spasms Friday, isn‚Äôt celebrating holding on to the left tackle spot he occupied last season.
‚ÄúI wouldn‚Äôt say I‚Äôve got the position down,‚Äù said the 6-foot-5 Gates, who says he‚Äôs now at about 312 pounds after dropping weight in the offseason. ‚ÄúWe haven‚Äôt played the first game yet, so we don‚Äôt know who‚Äôs going in. Maybe sometime next week or later this week, we‚Äôll know who actually will be starting.‚Äù