Ware now top tailback

ATHENS – Now Georgia might have to see just how much depth they really have at running back. Days ago that position looked like a log-jam, but now it seems that, with Lumpkin gone for the season, a new player is stepping up to take control of the starting spot.

Danny Ware was elevated to the number one tailback in practice today. Running Backs Coach Ken Rucker confirmed that Ware is the projected starter. Ware said, however, that he did not want to get the number one position this way.

"I hate it because Kregg was like my mentor. He was teaching me the ropes as he was learning them, too. I am going to try to learn a little bit on my own now," said Ware.

Ware failed to qualify academically in 2003. After spending a half-year at prep school, Ware is finally at Georgia and he said that he plans to make the most of the current situation.

"I love the opportunity that I've got, because they've put me in at number one right now. I am ready to step in and make some plays. I am going to try to be the first 100-yard rusher," added Ware.

Georgia went all of the 2003 season without a 100-yard rusher. Ware said that there would be no drop off from Lumpkin's departure even though he has never carried the ball in a college football game.

"We both have the same style; powerful and bruising runners. We both have a little speed on us, too. I feel like I am Kregg's twin." Ware said.

With Lumpkin gone for the season, Ware will have to hold off Michael Cooper and Tony Milton for the number one spot. Both veterans have experience in Georgia's system, but have never taken total control of the position for themselves.

"He has to learn what to do. If we started today he probably would not start for us," said Mark Richt of Ware.

Ware said he and Lumpkin spoke yesterday about the state of affairs.

"He told me yesterday that when he got the MRI done, it was torn," said Ware. But the Rockmart native said Lumpkin encouraged him to do his best.

"He told me to go out there and represent for him because he is not going to be out there," Ware said.

"I told him that I have to (perform). I have to do my thing," Ware said. Ware admitted that he still must work on one important aspect of Mark Richt's offensive system.

"Blocking comes first. Once I get that down it's going to be all good," he said.

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