Southern wide receiver Devon Gales suffered a spinal injury during the Jaguars’ 48-6 loss to No. 8 Georgia Saturday, and he remains in an Athens, Ga., hospital on Sunday, the school announced Sunday evening.
“Gales suffered several fractures in his neck that were stabilized,” the school said in its official statement. “He continues to have movement in his upper body and remains in good spirits and will remain at Athens Regional until he is released to return to Baton Rouge for further treatment.”
Georgia has coordinated with Gales’ parents and Southern officials throughout the process. UGA athletics director Greg McGarity told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the school paid to fly Gales’ parents in from Louisiana to Atlanta. Georgia officials greeted Gales’ parents at the Atlanta hospital and drove them to meet their son at Athens Regional.
Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer also visited Gales in the hospital Sunday.
“We’re trying to cover him up with as much love as we can, and let him know that we care, let him know that we’re here to help,” Richt told the paper. “We’re just gonna continue to pray, and I know the Bulldog nation is behind him as well. There may come a time where there may be some needs. Not exactly sure yet. But it does come to that I’m going to be calling all Dawgs to get involved and to help out.”
Richt said the coaching staff and their families plan to continue to care for Gales until he is stable enough to return to Baton Rouge. “We have a family night tonight. They’re making a lot of posters, get-well cards, and they may pop in and out of the hospital,” Richt said.