Dominick Sanders started all 13 games for Georgia last fall, and to the naked eye, he made it through the season relatively unscathed.
Saturday, he revealed that wasn’t the case.
The senior from Tucker revealed that he played the season with a painful right shoulder injury, all the way through Georgia’s win mover TCU in the Liberty Bowl.
“I had a hit on Alvin Kamara (in the Tennessee game) and tweaked it, but it got worse,” Sanders revealed after practice Saturday. “It was throbbing really bad and sometime it got out of place. But I told Coach I’m playing regardless. I didn’t care. I didn’t want to see a doctor.”
It wasn’t easy.
“Every time I made a tackle it made a noise, but I wasn’t seeing no doctor,” said Sanders, who made 34 tackles on the year and led the Bulldogs with three interceptions.
Sanders says he’s 100 percent now.
“Man, if I don’t have to have surgery I’m pretty much going to be on the field,” he said. “If that leg pops, I’m going to pop it back. That shoulder, though, that was tough. It got to a point where they didn’t want me to play but I told Coach I’m going to play until they knock it out of place.”
The Bulldogs obviously hope Sanders can stay healthy this fall.
With the graduation of Quincy Mauger, Sanders is the most experienced safety in the Bulldog defensive backfield, where along with his duties at both strong and free safety, is serving as a mentor to youngsters Richard LeCounte and Deangelo Gibbs.
“Those guys are good guys and they do what I asked them both on and off the field,” Sanders said. “The main thing is keeping them focused and make sure they keep their eyes in the playbook. I tell them all the time don’t worry about mistakes, that’s what we meet for, to get right from those mistakes and in the next practice come out and improve from those mistakes.”
No doubt they’ll be getting lessons in toughness as well.
“I’m not worried about injuries,” Sander said. “I get injuries all the time, but like I said, unless I have surgery, I’m not sitting out.”
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