Richt: Houston's Attitude Wonderful
Justin Houston

Posted Aug 7, 2009

ATHENS – Justin Houston won’t be on the field for the first two games of Georgia’s season, but that hasn’t hindered his preparation.

The sophomore defensive end had a breakthrough spring and was expected to be the anchor of Georgia’s pass rush, but a two-game suspension for violating team rules threatened to put the breaks on his growth. Instead of sulking, however, head coach Mark Richt said Houston has handled his punishment with maturity and gone right back to work.

“He’s got a wonderful attitude,” Richt said. “From the minute he had his issue, he was very remorseful. He took his discipline like a man and he’s been working extremely hard. He understands he’s got to pay a price, but he’s anxious to get back into games.”

Despite the suspension and a minor hamstring injury, Houston tackled his offseason with as much vigor as he did during a masterful spring in which he was one of just two healthy defensive ends.

Despite the suspension, Houston never missed a voluntary workout, and the results were obvious. When Georgia’s players hit maxed out in the weight room at the end of their offseason conditioning, Houston set the team record for power cleans, lifting 420 pounds.

“He’s been really good about it,” defensive end Demarcus Dobbs said. “He’s been coming to all the workouts, showing up on time and being a great leader to those other guys. Even though he’s had this setback, he doesn’t show it.”

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