He rushed for more than 100 yards, something a Georgia back has not done since Smith's Sugar Bowl performance two years ago. He also scored three touchdowns, something a Bulldog has not done since Terrence Edwards' three touchdowns against Kentucky in 2002; it's also something a Georgia running back has not done since Smith scored thrice on Arkansas State in Mark Richt's first game as head coach four years ago.
"He was what I expected," said Georgia quarterback David Greene. Ware also picked up the blitz more effectively "than any other time I can remember since I have been at Georgia" according to Richt.
"I've seen him for the last six months, or so, and I know what he can do. I knew he was going to be a good back. It was not a surprise to me," Greene said.
But it might be a surprise to many others around the SEC, because Ware was a virtually unknown player when he stepped into the starting lineup on Saturday. He was the first freshman to start for Georgia in almost half a century. Not even Herschel Walker did that in 1980.
Richt said he wasn't surprised by Ware either: "I wasn't surprised by (his performance). I thought Danny would run well. One thing I learned about him was as the game went on: He may not have gotten stronger, but he may have stayed stronger than the rest of the guys playing around him. I thought he broke tackles even better as the game went on."
Ware's durability is no surprise to the Bulldog staff. The freshman running back did not miss a practice from January to the Georgia Southern game. "He really has not missed a day," said Richt.
Long run: 27 yards
Average: 7.5 yards per carry