Justin Houston trains with Georgia Football

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Heading into his eleventh National Football League (NFL) season, former Georgia Bulldog Justin Houston is spending time in Athens preparing for the wear and tear of an NFL season.

Houston just signed a new contract that will keep him in Baltimore as a Raven for another season after a 2021 campaign that saw the veteran forward post his least productive season since 2016, where he recorded 21 tackles and four sacks in five games.

At 33, Houston played a key role in the Ravens’ defense last fall, starting in 15 games, totaling 34 tackles, six tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, a team-high 17 hits in the quarterback and a forced fumble.

The Outside Linebackers’ new Georgia coach, Chidera Uzo-Diribe, took to Twitter Thursday night to update everyone on Houston’s presence in Athens, posting a photo of Houston and what appear to be the Georgian rushers in training.

“Part of the prestigious 100+ NFL Sack Club, it was great to be able to watch Bulldog Great [Justin Houston] work and gain knowledge! The Edge tradition is well anchored between the hurdles!”

– Chidera Uzo-Diribe

Uzo-Diribe, 29, came to Athens this offseason to replace former defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach Dan Lanning. Uzo-Diribe spent last season at SMU as a defensive line coach under Sonny Dykes.

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Prior to becoming a coach, Uzo-Diribe had a fairly successful career in his own right, playing at the University of Colorado, where he racked up 20 sacks and 31 tackles for a loss. Uzo-Diribe would then sign with the Saints in 2015 before being cut on the final day of training camp.

Now, nine years later, he is part of a coaching staff led by Kirby Smart who has just completed a national championship season and hopes to win another.

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