Austin Long finally takes field

Heavily recruited offensive lineman battles through surgeries, infections to play

Updated: November 7, 2011, 10:56 AM ET
By David Ching | DawgNation

ATHENS, Ga. -- There were lots of smiles to be found within Georgia's locker room after Saturday's 63-16 win against New Mexico State, but nobody was smiling bigger than Austin Long.

The redshirt sophomore offensive tackle -- formerly one of the most heavily recruited players in the country -- finally made the college debut that was delayed 2½ years by a seemingly endless string of injuries and illnesses when he entered the game in the third quarter.

"I was standing on the sideline, ...

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