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Georgia's Kolton Houston
As a Recruit
Kolton Houston was a 4-star recruit according to the 247Sports Composite and was regarded as the nation's sixth-best offensive guard coming out of Buford, Georgia, in 2012.
Since Arriving at Georgia
Houston spent his first three years in Athens battling his own body and the NCAA. Trace elements of a substance deemed illegal by the NCAA remained in Houston's body for years after undergoing a medical procedure in high school. As a result, he was ineligible for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons despite a consistently diminishing presence of the drug.
As Mark Richt summarized to ESPN's David Ching in August 2012, Houston underwent rigorous testing while trying to get back on the field:
The bottom line is he's been tested probably more times than anybody in the history of college football and we're 100 percent certain that he's not continued to take this thing. But it's just never gotten far enough out of his system for him to be declared eligible to play.
Houston was finally cleared to play last summer and contributed immediately on the field for the Dawgs, earning starts in each of Georgia's first six games.
What to Expect in 2014
While the offensive line is still shuffling, Houston figures to be a cornerstone of the unit this season. He played well at times last year, but he also looked the part of a player three years removed from game competition.
If Houston can continue to progress during the offseason and focus on footwork and strength development rather than bureaucratic NCAA policies, he could be a force for the Dawgs. Right now, he's slated to open the season as a starter at tackle—either on the left or right side.