Prayers for Diamond Dawg Johnathan Taylor

Another tragedy strikes the UGA baseball team. Less than two years after the freak scooter accident that left Chance Veazey paralyzed from the waist down, we find ourselves lifting prayers for another Diamond Dawg with a spine injury.

Junior Johnathan Taylor, center fielder on the Bulldawg baseball team, was seriously injured in Sunday’s game against FSU at Foley Field. In the third inning, he collided with left fielder Zach Cone while both were running full-tilt toward a line drive. Cone eventually got up. Taylor did not.

J.T. - photo by David Manning

Taylor had surgery yesterday to stabilize his spine at St. Mary’s in Athens and will move to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta this week for further evaluation and rehabilitation.

A career .312 hitter, Taylor was batting .182 this season and started in 10 of the Bulldogs’ 11 games. He drove in the winning run Saturday with a seventh-inning sacrifice fly in Georgia’s 2-1 victory against No. 5 Florida State. Taylor was named to the Southeastern Conference’s Freshman Academic Honor Roll in 2009 and the UGA Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in 2010.

He is the son of Tandra and John Taylor.

Please be in prayer for this wonderful young man and his family during this trying time.

Once a Dawg, Always a Dawg.

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