Ware fits right in

ATHENS – It appeared to all come together in smooth fashion on Saturday.

Danny Ware certainly fit the square hole that has been Georgia's running back situation since Musa Smith left early for the NFL. Ware was anything but square in his first appearance as a Bulldog.

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.

Danny's Day:

Carries: 18

Yards: 135

Touchdowns: 3

Long run: 27 yards

Average: 7.5 yards per carry


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