In the 2017 preseason, he suffered a fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot. After that injury, he ended up having surgeries to repair the sprain and the fracture. He missed the entire season.
“Basically all I do is get hurt, right?” Curry said, showing an unusual maturity to joke about an experience that is typically frustrating and discouraging.
Curry’s account of the thumb injury is cringe-inducing, if also enthusiastic.
“Basically, I lost my whole nail and my nail bed, it was down to the bone,” he said. “It was just with the pressure, it exploded.”
Georgia Tech linebacker David Curry speaks with media after the team's preseason practice August 9, 2018.
He said after the injury, he removed his glove and “the tip of my thumb was just holding on by a little teeny thread.” He called over trainer Mark Smith, whom Curry said wrapped a towel around it.
“It wasn’t that bad,” Curry said.
Curry’s surgeon “recreated my nail bed so I have a nail again,” he said. In four weeks, he said, he began growing a new thumbnail. Not long after, he was back to running and lifting weights.
“It was fine,” he said. “It was awesome to be back out so soon.”
Curry has found a fit with new defensive coordinator Nate Woody’s scheme. Curry was recruited to play nickel back after playing safety at Buford, but ended up playing linebacker as a redshirt freshman. After playing at 185 pounds in high school, he’s now up to 217.
“Once it kind of clicked, this spring, it clicked,” he said, snapping his fingers for emphasis. “I was moving, making a lot of plays, so I really feel like spring is when it really hit and I turned it on.”
As long as Curry can stay healthy, he could be a difference maker. Johnson’s praise is typically measured, so for him to say that Curry was playing well is meaningful.
He’d love to start, but anticipates that playing time will be shared. Behind him and Jordan-Swilling is Jakob Brashear.
“You’re going to be rotating so much because (Woody) is run-run-run, and he wants us to fly to the ball, so everybody’s going to be rotating and hopefully we have two or three or maybe even four deep,” Curry said.