University of Georgia linebacker and Thomson high alumnus Danny Verdun Wheeler will have surgery on his right wrist on Feb. 19.
The surgery will prevent Verdun Wheeler from participating in spring practice. He hopes to return to full preparation for his senior season sometime during May.
The surgery comes about due to injuries sustained during the course of the 2005 season. Doctors placed the wrist in a cast for several weeks following the Sugar Bowl in hopes of avoiding the surgery. That option is no longer viable.
"I've been managing my classes with the help of a note-taker," said Verdun Wheeler. "I'm taking all major courses now, such as finance, and school is going well. I've just reached the point that I'm managing without a note-taker, but after the surgery that will change."
Verdun Wheeler is enjoying seeing another former Thomson Bulldog every morning well before sunup. Billy Brunson, a 2005 THS graduate, is now a manager for the Georgia football team and is joining the squad to assist with the infamous 5 a.m. conditioning program known as "mat drills."