Yesterday, the Redskins announced the return of defensive lineman Kedric Golston, who rejoins the team after an injury-shortened 2011 season. Even though he did not start any games last season, he was an integral rotation member on the defensive line, and filled the gap left by injured rookie Jarvis Jenkins.
Golston has been an offseason fixture at Redskins Park, rehabbing his MCL and ACL injuries, while working out and getting stronger with the training staff. Building strength is no mystery to Golston, who was awarded 2005 Leon Farmer Strength and Conditioning Award at Georgia.
According to Georgia’s athletic site:
The award is given annually to the player whose dedication to the strength and conditioning program results in a significant contribution to the football team. Past winners include David Pollack in 2004, Ben Watson in 2003, Will Witherspoon in 2001 and Richard Seymour in 2000.
That’s pretty good company.
Golston returns for his seventh season with the team, and will look to build on the role that he had last year. In just nine games last season, Golston had 29 tackles (15 solo), three quarterback pressures, two tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble.
As a member of the rotation in 2011, he helped to transform defensive line from an area of need into strength. He joins Adam Carriker and Darrion Scott as linemen re-signed this offseason, and joins Jenkins coming off of injury.
As one of the longest-tenured Redskins, Golston is personally invested in the community, with a Pilates studio that he co-owns with teammate Lorenzo Alexander, a real estate company that he co-owns with his wife, and various community and charity involvements. He’s a well-liked guy in the Redskins locker room, and does great short films with his friends: