Georgia's Kolton Houston finally cleared by NCAA

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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia has received a boost for 2013 as offensive lineman Kolton Houston finally has won his long battle for eligibility.

Houston was granted reinstatement by the NCAA on Thursday following three years under suspension for an anabolic steroid he was given for shoulder surgery.

Houston was declared ineligible in January of 2010, his first semester at Georgia, following routine NCAA drug testing which detected the banned substance, 19-norandrosterone. The substance continued to show up in Houston's system in subsequent tests.

He has two years of eligibility remaining and could petition for a third year. He was projected as a starting right tackle had he been eligible entering the 2012 season.

Houston says he "broke down and cried for about 30 minutes" after finally receiving clearance by the NCAA.

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