09 15 2004 Notebook

ATHENS - Wide receiver Bryan McClendon has a fantastic attitude for a guy who seems to be the odd man out. McClendon got rave reviews from his coaches throughout preseason practice, but he has caught just two passes in two games this year.

Still, he has no complaints.

"It's exciting for the fans to see what Fred (Gibson) and Reggie (Brown) can do," said Bryan McClendon, a junior. "As long as I know I'm playing my part, it's just exciting what the offense can do."

Gibson and Brown have combined to catch 19 passes for 313 yards this year. Only two other wide receivers have caught passes: McClendon with his two catches for 22 yards and T.J. Gartrell, who has one catch for 21 yards.

"I figured the ball would be spread around a little more than that, but I don't mind getting the ball to those two guys," Coach Mark Richt said. "They're pretty good."

One of the most surprising absences from the stat sheet is Peach County's A.J. Bryant. Bryant has played in both games but has yet to catch a pass. The Bulldogs looked his way three times against Georgia Southern, but he dropped one and the other two were off target. He didn't get any chances against South Carolina.

"I don't want to be thrown in there before I'm ready, but, yeah, I did think I'd have a catch by now," he said.

Bryant expects to get more chances this week against Marshall.

"Coach Richt has said he is going to give me a chance," Bryant said. "He said he still believes in me."

BROWNING OUT FRONT: Junior Tyson Browning backed up running backs coach Ken Rucker's earlier assessment that Browning will start in place of Danny Ware (lung) this week.

"All I know is I'm going to start it off," Browning said after Wednesday's practice. "How we'll rotate it after that, I don't know."

Michael Cooper and Thomas Brown will back up Browning. Tony Milton will be available to play but may not get a chance due to numbers issues.

INJURY UPDATE: Linebacker Derrick White (ankle) was very limited again in Wednesday's practice.

"I think he's questionable more than doubtful, but I don't think he'll start," Richt said.

Freshman running back Thomas Brown practiced without any ill effects from his formerly pulled hamstring, Richt said.

Ware said he plans to return to practice Monday wearing a green, non-contact jersey. He still thinks he'll play against LSU on Oct. 2 but probably will be held out of contact drills all next week.

ANOTHER LIMPING RUNNER: It looks like both teams will be short in the rushing game. Marshall freshman Ahmad Bradshaw, who led the Thundering Herd last week with 77 yards on 17 carries, is doubtful for Saturday's game due to an ankle injury.

TOP DOG: The Bulldogs' 1-0 conference record is good enough for the outright lead in the Eastern Division. After this week, they'll share that lead with the winner of the Florida-Tennessee game.

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