Monday morning QB - The South Carolina game

Georgia will face Marshall this week without starting running back Danny Ware, but after its tailbacks' performance against South Carolina, that's not as scary as it could have been.

"I never really felt bad about our tailback situation," Coach Mark Richt said the day after the No. 3 Bulldogs beat the Gamecocks 20-16 in Columbia, S.C. "I never really was cringing when I heard the news on Danny. I didn't like it for Danny, but I felt we were OK at that position."

Ware, the freshman who gained 135 yards against Georgia Southern, suffered a bruised lung in the second quarter of Saturday's game after rushing eight times for 41 yards. An X-ray taken Saturday night didn't reveal the injury, but another test -- "something better than an X-ray," Richt said -- showed the bruise Sunday.

"He should be back by the time we play LSU," Richt said. "They think he'll be back, especially considering there's an open date (following the Marshall game).

Georgia (2-0, 1-0 SEC) plays the Thundering Herd (0-2) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Sanford Stadium. Marshall is coming off a 24-21 loss to No. 9 Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes needed a 55-yard field goal as time expired to get the victory.

The only treatment for Ware's injury is rest, Richt said. He should be able to return to practice by Sept. 20, giving him two weeks to prepare for the showdown against LSU.

"You just don't do anything. You do not exert it. You don't get the lungs pumping," Richt sad. "I'm going to worry about how he'll lose some of his conditioning, but I'm sure his body will rest and his muscles will be fresh when he comes back."

Ware was uncertain after the game when the injury occurred, and Richt still didn't know Sunday. He was also unclear on who would replace Ware as Georgia's starter.

"That's a good question," he said. "Right off the top of my head, I couldn't tell you."

Tyson Browning and Michael Cooper gave the coaches something to think about by combining for 115 rushing yards while filling in for Ware against the Gamecocks. Cooper had more rushing yards (61), but Browning is a bigger threat in the passing game (50 receiving yards and one touchdown).

Freshman Thomas Brown, who missed Thursday's game due to a hamstring injury, also could fill that role. Brown's health will be re-evaluated today, Richt said.

"I thought Cooper did some nice things. I thought Tyson did some nice things," Richt said. "Tyson made them miss a bunch and Cooper had some very fine runs, physical runs and good vision runs."

Browning finished with 54 rushing yards and 15 return yards to give him 119 all-purpose yards, the most on the team.

"Georgia always has a good defense and they may have the two best defensive players in the conference in Pollack and Davis," South Carolina coach Lou Holtz said Sunday. "The biggest difference in them this year is (quarterback David Greene) is older, their receivers are a year older and their running backs. I think their running backs are more elusive."

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