Burnette Makes the Move

ATHENS - Chris Burnette was part of a Georgia offense that racked up 567 total yards in Saturday's 48-3 rout of Vanderbilt, but that was hardly the highlight of his weekend.

The 21-year old redshirt junior offensive lineman from LaGrange surprised his girlfriend Arielle Haynes by popping the question to her in a very public way at Athens Church on Sunday. Burnette prerecorded a video that was shown before asking for her hand in marriage.

She said yes.

"Great weekend," Burnette said. "I don't know if I can top that one."

The moment was filmed and had nearly 15,000 views on YouTube as of Monday evening.

His teammates offered a flurry of congratulatory tweets on Sunday on Twitter.

Burnette said he was "about 99 percent sure" that he would get the answer he wanted to hear.

He told offensive line coach Will Friend Thursday about his plan. Friend told him to make sure that she was going to say yes before Burnette invited teammates to join him at the church for the special moment.

Haynes, 24, is originally from Tampa. Burnette and Haynes met his freshman season through former Georgia tight end Orson Charles, who went to high school with her.

She lives in Roswell and works in public relations for a nonprofit, "The Center for Family Resources."

No wedding date has been set yet.

"We're shooting for something during the summertime next year," Burnette said.

Mitchell `transitioning' back to offense

Cornerback/receiver Malcolm Mitchell will be getting more practice work on offense this week.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said on his radio call-in show Monday night that the sophomore will practice and meet with the offense now on Tuesdays and practice and meet with the defense on Wednesdays.

"We are transitioning him back to more of a role offensively," Richt said. "He's learned enough defensively to where we don't think he has to be there every single day, but he does need to get more mental reps offensively to be as good as we want him to be and have faith in him if we call anything in any particular gameplan that he'll be up to speed up on it."

The transition comes the same week as the expected return of a key secondary member, safety Bacarri Rambo. Richt has not confirmed that Rambo and linebacker Alec Ogletree will return from four-game suspensions.

Meanwhile, Richt said that Mitchell will continue to return punts even though he's had some dangerous moments at times.

"You want a guy with bravery, you want a guy who can do something after he gets it and you want a guy who can communicate well and secure the ball," Richt said. "We think Malcolm's the main guy. We really do. I believe in him."

Another honor for Gurley

If Todd Gurley keep this up, there could be several more Southeastern Conference freshman of the week honors coming his way.

The tailback was announced for the award Monday for the second time this season (he shared co-honors after the Buffalo game) after rushing for 130 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday.

Gurley leads the SEC in rushing (101.5 yards per game), scoring (10.5 points per game) and all-purpose yardage (164.2 yards per game).

"We got a pretty good taste of what he was going to look like," Richt said. "I'll just say we were really looking forward to seeing what he was going to do in a real game. You get into a game in terms of getting your blood flowing. When it's your first scrimmage in your college career, I'm sure there's a lot of adrenaline flowing then.

Bulldogs-Gamecocks at night

What looks like a pivotal game in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division race will be played at night.

Georgia's game at South Carolina on Oct. 6 is set for a 7 p.m kickoff and will be shown on ESPN after CBS selected LSU-Florida for its 3:30 p.m. game

It's the first night game in Columbia for Georgia since 2006 and just the second since 1998.

The Bulldogs are ranked fifth this week. South Carolina is No. 6.

The South Carolina game will be the fourth of six this season for Georgia to be played at night.

This and that

Georgia listed defensive end Abry Jones as out of Monday's practice due to his sprained left ankle, but Jones was named a captain for Saturday's game against Tennessee The other captains: Marlon Brown, Jarvis Jones and Connor Norman.

Offensive linemen Watts Dantzler (sprained ankle) and Hunter Long (foot) were was limited Monday.

Georgia is a 13-point favorite against the Volunteers.

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