Georgia DL Toby Johnson Reportedly Has Surgery, Expected to Fully Recover

Sean FryeFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2013

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Per a report by John Taylor on College Football Talk, Georgia Bulldogs defensive lineman Toby Johnson has undergone surgery for a condition unrelated to football.

In Taylor's report, Georgia's director of sports medicine, Ron Courson, said that Johnson is expected to recover in 10 days' time. 

Johnson, a junior, is an incoming transfer to the Bulldogs from the junior college level after playing ball at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kan. this past season. 

Back in early November 2012, Johnson suffered a knee injury in which he tore both his ACL and MCL at Hutchinson during a game against Coffeyville Community College, according to Damon Sayles of ESPN.

On February 20, in the report by Sayles, it was announced that Johnson had decided to transfer to Georgia after mulling offers from Auburn, Mississippi State and Oklahoma.

According to Sayles, one of the deciding factors in Johnson's decision was the move of Chris Wilson from Mississippi State to Georgia, where he took a job as the defensive line coach. 

"I liked Coach Wilson when he was at Mississippi State," Johnson said. "I think he can make me better each and every day. He can make me versatile and help me get to the next level."

Johnson has a chance to immediately contribute to a team that was ranked 32nd in the nation last year in total defense and 44th in sacks with 32.

Radi Nabulsi, a reporter for ESPN, tweeted in late June that Johnson seemed to have recovered nicely from the knee injuries. 

However, the Bulldogs finished a measly 77th in rushing defense as the unit gave up over 180 yards per game on the ground. So that's certainly an area Georgia is trying to address heading into 2013. 

Johnson is the top-ranked defensive tackle and the seventh-ranked defensive lineman in Georgia's 2013 recruiting class, according to Sayles.